Citing what they saw as limited progress in the most recent negotiating session, the Blue Ridge Federation of Teachers voted Sunday to authorize a possible strike.
Negotiations for a contract that covers 110 teachers and support personnel began in February. There have been 10 bargaining sessions since that time, the most recent with the involvement of a federal mediator. An 11th session is scheduled for this Wednesday (Oct. 9).
The intent to strike vote means union members could walk out as early as Oct. 28.
“The board says they are committee to the negotiations process, but at our last meeting they rejected our latest proposal and failed to give a counter offer,” said Federation President Don Anton. “Federation members want to reach a deal, but our collective patience is running thin. The board needs to understand that time is running out.”