9/5/07

Teachers prepare for strike to earn respect

Barnesville (WV) Education Association President Chris Pack was not optimistic about a negotiation session that continued late into the night on the eve of a potential teachers' strike.

"I'm not real hopeful about tonight’s meeting," he said late Tuesday. "The BOE will most likely rely on the offer that they have put out on Dec. 18."

Pack said union members moved their personal belongings out of district buildings Tuesday and into the union’s crisis center in preparation for a walkout that was slated to begin today if no contract agreement could be reached.

"Teachers are being treated as if they are a dime a dozen," he said. "It is now a matter of respect."

Neither district nor union officials could be reached for comment on the status of Tuesday's negotiations at press time.

Barnesville Exempted Village School District Superintendent Randy Lucas previously said the two sides have differing views when it comes to health care.

He noted the school system is ready if the teachers walk out today.

"We have been working for the last 10 days in preparation for the possibility of a strike. We do have substitute teachers lined up and also security personnel," he said.

(news-register.net)

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