St. Paul teachers face possible strike-authorization vote

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Union leaders consider a strike-authorization vote as talks with district continue with scant progress on key federation priorities.

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gemie1Feb. 9, 14 9:39 PM

Please, N0! The children cannot miss anymore school. I hope they work diligently to find a compromise that stops them from going on strike.

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dflleftFeb. 9, 14 9:40 PM

MOST people are getting fed up with the teachers union; average pay almost 70,000 per year...work 8 months..lots of benefits including a nice pension....and lifetime employment.

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offmylawnFeb. 9, 14 9:41 PM

Anoka and Osseo districts are also in no hurry to offer reasonable contracts.

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cmo55Feb. 9, 14 9:53 PM

We need a Governor like Scott Walker to put an end to such foolishness.

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birdpeepFeb. 9, 1410:16 PM

How will we know if they DO go on strike? The kids can't graduate now and they are ostensibly being taught by these "educators" !!

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chrondogFeb. 9, 1410:28 PM

I am so tired of teacher unions. Out for themselves, not the children.

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edinasnobFeb. 9, 1410:41 PM

DFL - an average of 70K is overstated. All contracts are available for your viewing in MN - 35-85K is the range and many schools are filled with younger teachers who are nowhere near 70K.

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buzzard23Feb. 9, 1410:57 PM

Neither side has disclosed or discussed how their version of the contract will be funded. Unfortunately, students will bear the brunt of any failures. If the district gives the union everything they want, who funds it? The city (taxpayers) will pay. If they cannot, the state (taxpayers) will have to help, like the pension deal last year. Hey taxpayers, are you all OK with this?

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buzzard23Feb. 9, 1411:03 PM

edinasnob: St Paul is heavy in tenured teachers. Many of the young ones are axed when layoffs happen. Last in, first out. Average is closer to $70k.

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salsipuedesFeb. 9, 1411:23 PM

My wife is a school nurse in St. Paul and she is under the teacher's contract. These educators earn every penny and usually donate a portion of their salary towards supplies, etc. My wife has to beg for staff to donate pants because of the frequency with which kids urinate or soil themselves--sometimes she sees the same kids twice a day. The staff always comes through out of pocket. Don't blame the educators for not being able to raise test scores on these kids. This population of students have to worry about from where their next meal will come so learning and homework completion tend to take a back seat. Their family life is rife with domestic violence and substance abuse. The schools provide them two meals a day and place to escape their less than ideal home lives. We passed a school bond in hopes that the money would make its way into a classroom through better and more teachers with fewer students. Instead Silva is giving us gadgets and gizmos and hoping toys will raise scores. The teacher's union is right to stick to their guns, but I wouldn't trade places with them for a second--even for a few months off. And the whiners and naysayers on here wouldn't last a week in an urban school classroom...

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