Teachers in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District voted to authorize a strike as their contract negotiations are entering the final stages.
98-percent of teachers voted to give their union the power to eventually call a strike if they don’t reach a deal in the near future.
The teachers want a larger pay raise than what’s being offered.
They also are looking for smaller classes and more school nurses.
These are things they say will help not just them but more importantly the students.
“The real issue is a prioritization problem,” a San Ramon educator said. “Management’s priority has always been budgeting without consulting the educators. Those in the classrooms, those individuals who are working directly with our students. What that deem as essentials are not necessarily the priority of the educators and that is why we are here today. Our students deserve the best.”
Both sides are indicating they are hoping to avoid a strike but the teachers say, if there is no deal in place, they could be out of the classrooms and on the picket lines as early as April.
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