Seattle Teachers Strike For First Time In 30 Years #SPSstrike #seateacherstrike
Seattle teachers went on strike for the first time in 30 years Wednesday after a last ditched effort failed to resolve a dispute between the teachers union and school board officials.
At the center of the dispute is wages, teacher evaluations, testing and unpaid overtime. The Seattle Education Association (SEA) is accusing the school board of being unreasonable. Last week, members of the union voted unanimously to strike if the school board failed to negotiate an agreement by the time classes started Wednesday. According to the union, the school board wants teachers to work additional unpaid hours on top of already inadequate wages.
“Our SEA Bargaining Team demonstrated patience and near superhuman endurance over this Labor Day Weekend and throughout the day today,” SEA President Jonathan Knapp said in a statement. “In the end, the school board just never gave them enough to reach a tentative agreement.”