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Teachers strike in East St. Louis enters third day

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - East St. Louis teachers went out on strike last Thursday after a contract deal could not be worked out between officials from District 189. The two sides will have a session today with a federal mediator. During that session, the district will receive a counter proposal from the teachers union.

The two sides are at odds over a contract proposal that according to the district would save the school system $10 million.

Last week the teachers union voted down a tentative contract agreement that would have doubled the amount of time it would take for a teacher to the top of the pay scale.

The union says that deal would have ultimately decreased the pay of new teachers and staff over their entire career.

District leaders say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached today and that students can be back in class tomorrow.