Evergreen Park teachers strike continues

October 5, 2012 (EVERGREEN PARK, Ill.)

Teachers walked off the job on Tuesday after talks failed to produce a new contract.

On Thursday, talks broke up early after an alleged outburst by the board's attorney. Following the incident, the two sides will use a mediator to communicate.

The strike affects more than 1,800 students.

Contentious issues include retirement benefits, health insurance and partially tying annual salary increases to students' test scores.

A community forum is planned for Monday.

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