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Defying Judge’s Order That Deemed Their Strike “Illegal,” Teachers in Kelso, Washington Refuse To Go To Work

Eric Owens at The 74 writes about another teachers' strike in Washington that hasn't made headlines but is still having a dramatic impact on student learning. In fact, the teachers in Kelso, Washington (about 100 miles south of Seattle) voted 221 to 20 to defy a judge's explicit order they they must return to work and instead continue their work stoppage. Today is the seventh straight day that students are not in school.
Salary issues remain the biggest sticking point between the two sides. Kelso teachers want to be paid more money for the time they spend in training and for class preparation. The union wants teachers to receive salary equal to 28 days for this work. District officials have offered 23 days' additional pay.

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