9/9/08

Bellevue, WA teachers still on strike

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Unionists walk out 'for the children'

Bellevue's striking teachers have voted to continue their walkout. After a three-hour meeting at which the Bellevue School District's latest offers on salary, health care and curriculum were discussed, the teachers voted 75 percent Monday night to stay out.

The district had increased its salary offer to 4.5 percent over a three-year contract. Combined with a 5.1 cost-of-living allowance from the state, teachers' salaries would have increased 9.6 percent.

The earlier combined salary offer was 8.1 percent.

About 16,000 students have missed a week of school. The walkout by about 1,200 teachers began Sept. 2.

(tdn.com)

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