The teacher’s union serving the Alton School District has voted to file an intent to strike notice with the school district following the rejection of the latest contract offer. Alton Education Association President Brenda Powers told the Big Z this morning that membership voted Tuesday afternoon on the contract and was 94% against, and the vote for the strike notice was 95% in favor.
Ric Stepehson, Regional Director of the IEA, tells The Big Z the main sticking points are salary and fully paid health insurance benefits.
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Alton School District Director of Financial Services Chris Norman tells the Big Z that while the process to strike is moving forward for the union, the district is hopeful a deal can be reached before any pickets are set up:
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The 10-day intent to strike notice is required before any teacher’s union can hit the picket lines. Powers says the union wants to work with the Alton School Board to find an acceptable offer for the members. The two sides are scheduled to meet again on November 5.