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Board Termination of Health Insurance for Woodland Employees 'Despicable'; Statement of LCFT President Mike McGue.

WESTMONT, Ill., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The decision of the Woodland Community Consolidated School District #50 school board to terminate insurance coverage effective at midnight Oct. 8 for 850 Woodland employees and their families was a heartless action designed to frighten and intimidate.

I am deeply sorry the Woodland Board made this decision, because I know their cruel tactic will backfire. Our members will not be cowed by this despicable action. They will make the necessary arrangements to deal with the cutoff of insurance coverage, but they will not forget what the Board did to them and to their families.

In spite of the board's decision, our goal remains the same and our members remain steadfast. We work toward an adequate and equitable settlement for all Woodland employees that would end this strike and bring Woodland students and teachers back where they belong-in school.

The Woodland Council is comprised of 850 teachers and support staff workers affiliated with the Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504, a union of 5,500 teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff and public employees in the county. LCFT is a local union of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

CONTACT: Mike McGue, +1-847-975-8135, or Arnavaz Mistry, +1-847-623-7725, ext. 22, both of Illinois Federation of Teachers
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