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School strike in the Valley? No agreement on class size, pay raises; vote is today
Snoqualmie Valley teachers may decide to strike on Wednesday, which is supposed to be the district's first day of school. The roughly 270 members of the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association meet Tuesday afternoon, to make that decision.
The teachers' current contract expired Aug. 31, and the union and district have been negotiating the terms of a new contract for several months. Although the school district reports several agreements have been reached, the negotiations have stalled over issues of class size and teacher compensation. Last week's negotiations included an all-day mediation session last Thursday, followed by more negotiations on Friday.
On Saturday, a post on the sveaunion.org website stated "After 20 hours more of negotiation, now with mediators from the Public Employment Relations Commission, we are no closer to resolution than we were last Tuesday."
The union is expected to make a decision on the strike at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Mount Si High School.
Until then, schools are proceeding as usual, with their regular back-to-school communications and activities like "Meet the Teacher" events at various elementary schools.