Seattle teachers voted to strike, which could delay school.

The Seattle Education Association Said On Tuesday That 95% Of Its Members Who Voted On The Issue Agreed To A Strike Over Labor Day Weekend.

Last Week, The Association‘s Board Had Suggested That Its Members Vote Yes. The Union Says That 75% Of Its Members Went To The Polls.

The Authorization Doesn’t Mean There Will Be A Strike, But Union Leaders Have Called For One If They And The School District Can’t Come To An Agreement.

The Clock Is Ticking. Seattle Public Schools Are Supposed To Start On Wednesday. If They Can’t Agree On Something By Tuesday Night, The Start Of The School Year Will Be Delayed.

“Our Bargaining Team Is Still Working At The Table, And We Still Hope To Announce A Deal Tonight Instead Of A Strike,” The Union Said In An Email To Its Members.

The Seattle Education Association Is A Union With About 6,000 Members. For Months, They Have Been In Talks With Seattle Public Schools.

The Group Is Mostly Concerned With Getting Special Education And Multilingual Students Better Pay And More Services.

The District Is Giving Raises To All Union Members, Including Substitutes, And Giving Some Types Of Teachers One-Time Bonuses.

Part Of What The Union Wants Is For The District To Keep Staffing Ratios For Special Education And Multilingual Learners, And For The District To Ask For More Staff Input As It Tries To Help Those Students In Regular Classrooms.

The Union Also Wants The District To Make Sure That Special Education Students Can Have Their Meetings With Their Families And Documents Translated.

Not Just Seattle’s School District Is Having A Rough Start To The Year. Kent Teachers Went On Strike On August 25. They Wanted Pay Raises And Less Work For Teachers Who Work With English Learners And Students With Special Needs.

During A Video Call Announcing The Strike Authorization, Leschi Elementary School Teacher Jamillah Bomani Said She And Other Teachers Have Been In The Building Getting Ready For The Start Of The School Year,

But They Will Do “Whatever It Takes” To Make Sure Students And Staff Get Enough Support From The District After The Problems Of The Last School Year.

“We Want To Be Here On Wednesday, And We Want To Be Ready, But We Also Want To Make Sure We Come Back To School With Everything We Need And Everything Our Students Need,”

She Said. “We’re Still Hoping Something Will Happen And We’ll Be Able To Come Tomorrow.”

The Seattle Education Association Has Planned A Rally For Tuesday Afternoon At The District’s Main Office, Even If They Don’t End Up Going On Strike.

In An Update Sent To Teachers, The Union Said That As The Bargaining Team Continues To Talk With The District, It Hopes To Announce An Agreement By The End Of The Day On Tuesday.

If That Doesn’t Happen, Picket Lines Will Begin At 7:30 A.M. On Wednesday.

Did Seattle teachers vote to strike?

After not being able to reach a contract agreement with the school district, the Seattle Education Association teachers voted overwhelmingly to go on strike.

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