East Saint Louis teachers strike enters 10th day

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EAST SAINT LOUIS, IL (KTVI)- Talks between the East St. Louis School District and its striking teachers resume Thursday after the district turned down the union`s latest offer. FOX 2's Paul Schankman is live in with why midnight tonight is a significant deadline.

This is the tenth day school has been canceled in East St. Louis because of the teachers` strike. If it doesn`t end by midnight, there will be no school tomorrow and the football team will have to forfeit another game.

Teachers made a new contract offer Wednesday but the school board turned it down. According to the teachers` union, the district has made no new offers.

The two sides have been meeting with a federal mediator trying to settle the strike. They met for seven hours on Wednesday.

The heart of the disagreement is salary cuts that are supposed to help save the district $10 million over the next decade. The union proposal would decrease costs by more than four million and shortens the term of the contract by a year.

The two sides will meet again this afternoon.

The district has $30 million in reserve but claims it needs to cut costs because of the decline in property values and uncertainty about state revenue.

Teachers say there is no reason to assume the district will lose money in the future.