Students attending classes in the Mount Olive School District might get a day off coming up. The Mount Olive Education Association voted earlier this week to go on strike over a continued impasse for a new contract. The Wednesday strike vote was 35-1 in favor of a walkout and that could come as early as Monday. Mount Olive is a small district located in Macoupin County near Staunton.
The two sides are at an apparent impasse regarding pay structure and a reported proposal to create a new two-tiered salary structure for current staff and new teachers. The union says to do so would create two classes of teachers and says it is unnecessary. The district says teachers are asking for a 6-percent pay raise which is something they cannot afford, although the union claims the request is 4.5-percent. The most recent contract expired in August and the two sides have meet with a federal mediator.