The Gateway Education Association voted overwhelmingly at a meeting Tuesday to give its negotiating team authorization to call for a strike.
“Our members called for a strike authorization because the School Board has repeatedly demonstrated that it is more interested in delay tactics than a fair and equitable agreement,” Mark Spinola, GEA president, said. “These tactics hurt the educational environment for our students and the teachers.”
Teachers must give districts at least a 48-hour notice before a strike, according to state law.
“Eighteen times we scheduled a bargaining session and 16 times, the board either canceled or was unprepared. As with our students, we expect our board (to) show up and have their homework done,” Spinola said. “We sincerely hope that a strike can be avoided so that we can focus on the business of educating our children.”