National City Teachers Could Call Strike Soon
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
National City labor leaders will decide at a meeting this afternoon whether public-school teachers there could go soon on strike.
SAN DIEGO National City public school teachers could go on strike soon over issues including furlough days and larger class sizes. Labor leaders will decide at a meeting this afternoon.
After several weeks of picket lines and threats, the executive board of the National City Elementary Teacher’s Association will vote whether a teacher strike is the only option they have at this point.
Late last year, National City teachers gave their union leaders the power to call a strike. Now it’s up to the leaders to set a deadline.
Union president Linda Cartwright says she’s hoping to hear from the district in order to avert a walk-out.
“They know that we have this meeting. We’re still hopeful that we may get a phone call from the district to set another meeting to negotiate. Again, the key is to reach a fair settlement,” Cartwright said.
The union and district, however, are already preparing parents for a strike. Substitute teachers would be expected to fill the void. Negotiations fell part over district-imposed furlough days, a modified school calendar and larger class sizes.