Teachers in Tacoma, Wash., vote to walk out
Monday, September 12, 2011
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Teachers in the Washington city of Tacoma have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.
Tacoma Education Association spokesman Rich Wood says 87 percent of the union's total membership voted Monday to walk out. That means after only seven days of school, children in Washington state's third-largest school district will be staying home Tuesday.
Teachers have been working without a contract since Sept. 1. The union and the Tacoma School District failed to agree on a contract proposal Saturday.
Issues include teacher pay, class size and seniority. The district did not immediately return an email for comment.
An earlier strike vote failed to pass by about 28 votes. Union bylaws require approval by 80 percent of the membership to authorize a strike.