Galesburg teachers on the picket lines for 24 hour

Published 08/19 2014 06:18PM

Updated 08/19 2014 06:23PM

Another day out of school for Galesburg kids as the teachers strike continues.

But as the day comes to an end, there's one group of dedicated teachers who won't be putting down their signs any time soon.

They call themselves team 24.

"Our mission is to stay out here on the picket lines for 24 hours from 10am today until 10am tomorrow," said Brad Mowen who’s the leader of Team 24.

But team 24 teachers say rather than one side versus another, they're rooting for both the GEA and school board to come together in a resolution.

"We're just looking for the fair contract and to get back in the classrooms with our students," said Mowen.

And with a federal mediator finally in town, meeting with the 2 groups for hours Tuesday, they're hoping that resolution will come soon.

"They can go as long as there's movement and we're hoping that there's continued movement. It's really important that we work together and realize that even though there's some difficulty now and maybe some hard feelings right now that we need to overcome that," said GEA Spokeperson Tami Qualls.

But until then team 24 will man their post in front of Galesburg High School with signs in the air for education.

"I mean our main goal is we want to be back in the classrooms and that's what our dedication is to, is to our students," said Mowen.

The GEA will hold a set of meetings with parents to talk about what's going on. The first was Tuesday at 6 at Carl Sandburg College, then Wednesday at the Galesburg Public Library and Thursday at First Lutheran Church. 

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