Snoqualmie Valley teachers overwhelmingly voted yesterday to strike on Sunday, September 8th if they couldn’t reach an agreeable contract deal with the school district by that time. The vote tally was 291-8 in favor of a Sunday 3PM strike deadline.
Teachers agreed to start the 2013-14 school year under the terms of their 2012-13 contract, according to the SVSD website.
Snoqualmie Valley schools will open on time, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, and run on normal schedules.
Contract negotiations between the SVEA Teachers’ Union and the Snoqualmie Valley School District will continue today, September 4th, under the direction of a mediator. The district says more bargaining talks will be scheduled for the following days as needed.
Delaying a possible strike until the weekend gives negotiators more opportunity to settle on a contract without a strike, and the union more organizational time if a strike is needed, according to one longtime Mount Si High School teacher. That teacher also commented that many union members were concerned about parents and daycare arrangements with an immediate strike, although parents may still need to make those arrangements next week.
Reportedly there was some sentiment for a strike on the first day of school, but it was “fairly handily voted down” by a show of hands during the union’s nearly 2-hour meeting.
School is on Snoqualmie Valley – at least for the first three days of the year. Check back for updates as they become available.