Skip to comments.St. Paul teachers union sets Feb. 24 strike vote
Posted on 02/11/2014 5:20:02 AM PST by TurboZamboni
St. Paul public school teachers will decide this month whether to go on strike for the first time in more than six decades.
After almost nine months of negotiations that have yet to yield a contract, union leadership Monday called for a strike authorization vote.
The St. Paul Public Schools district has balked at St. Paul Federation of Teachers proposals to cap class sizes and set staffing levels for counselors and other support professionals in a two-year contract.
The two sides have also not agreed on a compensation package.
The union's 3,200 members will weigh in on a possible walkout Feb. 24. That will be the first such vote since 1989 when a last-minute intervention by then-Mayor George Latimer averted a planned strike.
Teachers union president Mary Cathryn Ricker said she and other leaders would not comment on their decision to call a strike vote until Tuesday morning.
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First time in six decades. Well at least they are not like most school districts where they strike every 3 years until they get what they want. There must be something seriously wrong to prompt this.
Don’t these pikers running the schools know how to do anything right? The proven tactic is to give the union whatever they want, knowing that it will blow a big hole in the district’s balance sheet. Then tell the voters that if they don’t pass a big property tax hike, sports and clubs will be cut. You need to understand that government schools aren’t about education, it’s about social conditioning and providing a subsidized vehicle for lazy parents to entertain and supply recreation for their kids. If any learning happens along the way that is just a bonus.