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DECATUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS TO RALLY BEFORE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TUESDAY

    Teaching assistants in Decatur will rally on Tuesday evening before walking into the District 61 Board of Education meeting. Since late last week, teaching assistants have found out they had no access to their health or life insurance, and they were cut off from using their flex spending cards, which is their own…

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DECATUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS BLAST DECATUR BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR CUTTING OFF HEALTH INSURANCE

  FRIDAY  afternoon the Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants (DFTA, IFT Local 4324) held a press conference to denounce the Decatur District 61 Board of Education for canceling health insurance even though DFTA suspended their strike and returned to classrooms Friday without a contract, leaving over 200 teaching assistants without healthcare. Friday morning, members were shocked to…

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SOME DECATUR FEDERATION OF TEACHING ASSISTANTS BEING DENIED USE OF HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS

  STATEMENT ISSUED FROM DISTRICT #61: “District #61 was made aware of some Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants (DFTA) members being denied use of health insurance benefits this morning (Friday).  District staff is working as quickly as possible to reactivate all DFTA members insurance.      “However, the process involves reactivating insurance benefits individually for…

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DECATUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS TO RETURN TO WORK FRIDAY WITHOUT A CONTRACT

The union representing Decatur teaching assistants – Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants (DFTA, IFT Local 4324) – will suspend their strike and return to classrooms tomorrow (Friday) so that Decatur students can get the education they deserve. “We assist 537 special needs students, and we just can’t let this go on without considering their needs,”…

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THE PEOPLE SPEAK IN ‘LETTERS TO THE EDITOR’

More Memories Of The 1962 Runnin’ Reds State Basketball Championship Dear Editor:      I wish to offer the following information to be added to your recent coverage of the 1962 Runnin Reds State Basketball Championship. 1962 was my freshman year. I was not able to attend the games in Champaign. I was able to watch them…

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CITY BEAT: NEWS ITEMS FROM HERE AND THERE IN OUR CITY

       • GOOD NEWS! Monday afternoon Mueller Water Products hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Company’s newest foundry location at 2675 North Jasper Street in Decatur. The foundry will be one of the largest state-of-the-art, finished goods brass foundries in the world. The new facility will increase production capacity to meet current and future demands…

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DECATUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHING ASSISTANTS NOW ON STRIKE

         Members of the Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants (Local 4324) went on strike Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. as hundreds of students in special education and prekindergarten programs did not attend school. The Decatur School District and the DFTA have been in negotiations since April, including several meetings with a federal mediator. The teaching…

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GUEST COLUMN: MAYOR SAYS FACTS ABOUT DECATUR’S WATER SYSTEM SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

         For almost a century, the City of Decatur has cared for its residents’, business’ and water customers’ needs through the creation of Lake Decatur; the development of new and better water pumping, treatment and filtration systems; future capacity enlargement; and lake management/dredging. The city has always understood that the lake is an immensely…

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