September 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM
Snoqualmie Valley teachers prepare for strike
UPDATE, 9:53 | Negotiators from the Snoqualmie Valley School District and it’s teachers’ union broke from talks around 9:15 tonight without reaching an agreement. The two sides will return to the bargaining table Saturday.
ORIGINAL POST | The teachers union in the Snoqualmie Valley School District says teachers there were going to pack up their classrooms today so they’ll be ready to strike if representatives can’t reach an agreement with the school district on a new contract.
The teachers previously voted to go on strike on Monday if no contract agreement is reached by 3 p.m. on Sunday. The union says the big issue is class size, saying teachers want limits on the number of students per class, not just extra money for teachers assigned large classes.
On its website, the district says it has set boundaries for class sizes in elementary schools, although the limits are listed as “targets,” with compensation for teachers if the number of students exceed those targets.
The district also said it is offering the raises that the union requested: 2 percent for the 2013-14 school year, 2 percent in 2014-15 and another 2 percent in 2015-16.
The two negotiating teams were scheduled to meet this afternoon, and the talks are expected to continue throughout the weekend, the union said.
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