Tacoma teacher strike http://kplu.org en Update: Tacoma teachers strike is over http://kplu.org/post/update-tacoma-teachers-strike-over <p>Tacoma teachers have approved a contract that ends their strike with nearly 100 percent of teachers voting for the new deal.</p><p>Negotiators had reached a tentative deal last night in Olympia in the governor&rsquo;s wing where they were called by Gov. Chris Gregoire to settle their differences. The strike was the first for the Tacoma district since 1978 and kept 28,000 students out of school for eight days.</p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:48:57 +0000 Charla Bear & The Associated Press 2701 at http://kplu.org Update: Striking teachers, district heading to Gregoire's office http://kplu.org/post/update-striking-teachers-district-heading-gregoires-office <p>Striking teachers and school district officials in Tacoma could not come to an agreement by the deadline set by the governor, so they&#39;ve filed into cars and headed to Olympia to continue bargaining this afternoon.</p><p>Gov. Chris Gregoire told both sides earlier today that she wanted them back at the bargaining table at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and if they don&#39;t have an agreement by 3 p.m. she would see them in her office.</p><p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:50:03 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 2687 at http://kplu.org Update: Striking teachers, district heading to Gregoire's office Tacoma school cafeteria food goes to food bank http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-school-cafeteria-food-goes-food-bank <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; With Tacoma schools closed by a teachers&#39; strike, district food service workers gave perishable produce to a food bank.</p><p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:17:04 +0000 The Associated Press 2678 at http://kplu.org District says it has no plans to replace striking Tacoma teachers http://kplu.org/post/district-says-it-has-no-plans-replace-striking-tacoma-teachers <p>Teachers will remain off the job for the sixth day (with schools closed as well) on Tuesday in Tacoma, where a strike has idled about 28,000 public school students. Negotiations have been continuing late into the night since the strike began.</p><p>However, despite the comments of a judge involved in the strike, the Tacoma school district says there is no plan afoot to hire replacement workers for the teachers who remain on strike.</p><p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 02:16:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2675 at http://kplu.org Judge: Tacoma could replace striking teachers http://kplu.org/post/judge-tacoma-could-replace-striking-teachers <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; A Pierce County Superior Court judge says he&#39;s considering giving the Tacoma school district the option to hire replacement teachers for those on the picket line.</p><p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:48:39 +0000 The Associated Press 2669 at http://kplu.org Tacoma teachers' strike keeps schools closed http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-teachers-strike-keeps-schools-closed <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; Schools are closed Monday for another day in Tacoma as negotiations continue between the school district and striking teachers.</p><p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:41:40 +0000 The Associated Press 2663 at http://kplu.org Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later http://kplu.org/post/striking-tacoma-teachers-want-contract-solutions-now-not-later <p>Tacoma schools will be closed again Friday after teachers voted on Thursday to stay out on strike. Friday will be their fourth day on the picket lines, despite a court order to return to their classrooms.</p><p>The teachers say that without a resolution to the basic contractual issues in the conflict, returning to class now would only prolong the turmoil, possibly for years.</p><p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 03:43:02 +0000 Charla Bear 2643 at http://kplu.org Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later Update: Tacoma teachers will stay on strike http://kplu.org/post/update-tacoma-teachers-will-stay-strike <p>Teachers in Washington state&#39;s third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to remain on strike, in defiance of a judge&#39;s order that they return to work.</p><p>Some 93 percent of the nearly 1,600 Tacoma School District teachers meeting in the Tacoma Dome arena today said they wanted to continue picketing. The teachers walked out Tuesday.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:00:50 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 2631 at http://kplu.org Update: Tacoma teachers will stay on strike Update: Tacoma teachers to meet at picket lines to decide next step http://kplu.org/post/update-tacoma-teachers-meet-picket-lines-decide-next-step <p>(<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/update-striking-tacoma-teachers-called-union-meeting">Go here for the latest developments of this story.</a>)</p><p>Tacoma&#39;s striking teachers have decided to go back to the picket lines this morning rather than directly to their classes to decide on their next action, a union official clarified last night. (Editor&#39;s note: An earlier version of this story stated the teachers were rejecting the judge&#39;s orders. It&#39;s still unclear whether they will return to class or not.)</p><p>Tacoma Education Association (TEA) &quot;certificated members should meet at their regular picket line locations as scheduled Thursday morning, as you heard from your picket captains,&quot; TEA president Andy Coons said in an email to union members. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 02:32:44 +0000 Charla Bear 2630 at http://kplu.org Update: Tacoma teachers wait to decide whether to return to class http://kplu.org/post/update-tacoma-teachers-wait-decide-whether-return-class <p>Leaders of the Tacoma teachers&rsquo; union say they will leave it up to the striking teachers to decide what to do with a judge&rsquo;s order to return to the classroom tomorrow morning.</p><p>Andy Coons, president of the union, told teachers at a rally this afternoon that he would be contacting them possibly later today with options for them to decide on.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:30:46 +0000 Charla Bear 2626 at http://kplu.org Strike day two: Tacoma district heading to court to end walkout http://kplu.org/post/strike-day-two-tacoma-district-heading-court-end-walkout <p>More than 28,000 kids are still locked out of their classrooms today, while school district officials head to court to force teachers back to work.</p><p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:01:30 +0000 Charla Bear 2619 at http://kplu.org Strike day two: Tacoma district heading to court to end walkout Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing http://kplu.org/post/strike-day-one-tacoma-teachers-begin-picketing <p><em>(Twitter feed at bottom of story.)</em></p><p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; Teachers in Washington state&#39;s third-largest school district have begun picketing, hours after they overwhelmingly voted to walk away from the classroom.</p><div><p>The strike keeps 28,000 students at home.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:46:18 +0000 The Associated Press 2609 at http://kplu.org Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike http://kplu.org/post/update-union-vp-says-shes-proud-tacoma-teachers-vote-strike <p><em>&quot;It really had to come down to a strike ...&quot;&nbsp; </em></p><p>Tacoma schools will be closed to students tomorrow. Teachers voted to go on strike at their union meeting tonight. They expect to start picketing first at Lincoln High School at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so proud of our teachers &ndash; 87 percent of our teaching membership voted to strike. It&rsquo;s that important to them to have a fair contract,&rdquo; said Adrienne Dale, VP of Tacoma Education Association. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very difficult for teachers to leave their classrooms because they&rsquo;re in it for kids. So, it was a very powerful moment when the numbers came back.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 01:16:41 +0000 Charla Bear 2608 at http://kplu.org Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike