Teachers in Ore.'s Reynolds District OK strike

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TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) -- Teachers in the Reynolds School District in the east Portland suburb of Troutdale have voted to authorize a strike on May 21 if no contract agreement is reached by then.

Reynolds Education Association President Joyce Rosenau said teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to support a strike.

The Oregonian reports that issues for teachers include planning time and other working conditions, as well as how to spend an $18 million surplus. The union says that money should be invested in the staff. District officials say the union's proposals would bankrupt the district in three years.

A mediation session is set for Thursday.