San Francisco Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 11 May 2012 14:48:46 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- San Francisco's school teachers are giving their union leaders the authorization to call a strike if they can't reach an agreement on a new contract.

Teachers and other covered workers voted Thursday and the results were announced Friday.  It's now up to union negotiators to announce when a strike would happen if at all.

The vote comes as the two sides remain far apart on salaries for classroom educators.  The district is calling for $30 million in cuts in teacher pay and benefits over the next two years.  The union has asked for a two-percent raise.

The confrontation comes as state contributions to local districts have continued to fall.  San Francisco and other Bay Area school systems could be forced to make more cuts if voters fail to approve tax extensions in November.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for complete coverage of a potential San Francisco teacher's strike.

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