Lake Stevens teachers take strike vote / news update
Published on Fri, Aug 28, 2009
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By a vote of nearly 88 percent, Lake Stevens teachers have said they will go on strike unless they have a new contract.
School is scheduled to start Sept. 9 in Lake Stevens.
Teacher planning time, parent conferences, compensation and smaller class sizes are among the major issues that remain unresolved. The Lake Stevens Education Association and the Lake Stevens School District administration have been in negotiations since May.
The next bargaining session is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept 1, and teachers have another general membership meeting on Sept. 3 at 9 a.m.
Lake Stevens teachers have gone on strike twice in the last 11 years. Teacher contract talks also continue in the nearby Everett School District. The Everett Education Association and the Everett School District administration met at the bargaining table again Thursday night, but did not reach a settlement. Negotiations continue today at 1 p.m.
“The administration bargaining team has yet to address the professional needs of Everett teachers,” said Kim Mead, Everett Education Association president.