San Ramon teachers authorize strike as contract talks continue

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SAN RAMON (KRON) — On Tuesday, meetings were held behind closed doors at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

The district hoping to reach a deal with the teachers who say they want a pay raise, smaller class sizes and more school nurses.

Ninety eight percent of the San Ramon Valley Education Association members voted to authorize a strike if they are unable to agree on contract terms with the district.

“We’ve just been going to the table and not getting any movement all year so we are frustrated,” said one teacher.

Dozens of teachers were on the picket line last week, hoping to send a message to the district to give them the deal they’re looking for.

The San ramon Valley Education Association President Ann Katzburg says teachers are ready to stand up for the students and that “managers’ priority is to budget without consulting the teaching professionals in the classrooms. what they deem as essential is not necessarily the priority of the professionals who are in the classroom everyday working with students.”

The district, though, says they “believe strongly that both the district and the union want the best for our students and will be able to agree on a solution.”

On Wednesday, the community is invited to Dougherty Valley High School to learn more about the contract negotiations, the possible strike and what teachers are fighting for.

That meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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