• Some teachers unions start preliminary preparations for strike

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    Teachers unions around Western Washington are increasing the pressure on state lawmakers with rallies, vigils and even preliminary preparations for strike votes before school begins in the fall.

    They're are frustrated with the lack of progress from the legislature in fully funding schools to meet the requirements imposed by the Washington State Supreme Court in the McCleary case.

    Teachers in the Everett school district voted last night to meet in August to consider a strike vote if schools aren't fully funded or if collective bargaining rights are restricted.

    KIRO-7's Essex Porter is talking with the Mukilteo teacher's union which is holding a similar meeting late this afternoon. He also reports from the protest that Snoqualmie Valley teachers held today. Watch his full report on-air or online here.

    The Washington Education Association says teachers will also gather for a vigil at the State Capitol in Olympia at 8 p.m. on Friday.

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