Pasco School Board has taken action in anticipation of a possible illegal strike by the Pasco teachers’ union. The school board has approved a resolution that would “ban striking workers from school grounds and give the superintendent authority to pursue legal action if a strike happens.”
The school board’s decision—made during a special meeting—was unanimous. And, as could be expected, the teachers’ union is not happy. The news of the board’s decision drew protests. The Tri-City Herald,
Many wore red “We teach Pasco” T-shirts and carried signs reading, “Fair contract now” and “We support Pasco teachers.”
The vote drew boos and shouts from the crowd, including calls to “talk to your teachers” and “show leadership.”
As the board adjourned to a closed-door session, people in the crowd chanted, “We are…Pasco!” …
The three-page resolution suspends board policies “that prevent the Board of Directors from taking immediate action that may be necessary to end the strike or work stoppage,” bans striking workers from school grounds during a strike and authorizes Superintendent Saundra Hill to take legal action to prevent a strike, including filing suit against any participating employer or group.
Though the Pasco School Board brought in a hostage negotiator to mediate terms of a new contract no agreement has been reached. According to the Tri-City Herald, talks will resume Wednesday.
You can check out the resolution here.