Will they strike? Federal mediator to visit Ewing-Northern today


A federal mediator will visit Ewing today to try to end an impasse between school officials and the teachers union at Ewing-Northern Grade School.

Teachers at Ewing-Northern have worked without a contact since August 30 and filed an intent to strike notice with the state in November.

A Ewing-Northern School Board spokeman has said that the sticking point is an additional 1.5 percent pay raise that the union is asking for.

A strike would threaten to stop classes for the 227 students enrolled in grades K-8 at the school. Ewing-Northern’s 15 teachers are represented by the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Registration open for Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team training


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Registration is now open for the next CERT training in Franklin County. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesday nights beginning Feb. 6, 2013, at the Mulkeytown Grade School.

To register for this class, go to http://franklincountyema.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80&Itemid=61

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