Updated: 02/20/2014 4:53 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 10:17 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls
Hundreds of teachers and parents held an "old school" labor rally outside St. Paul School District Offices over "new school" issues.
The group of parents and teachers wanted to send a message to St. Paul School Board members that they are unified in their fight to get smaller class sizes, more school staff and reduced testing requirements.
The teachers would also like an 11-percent wage and benefit increase over two years as part of the new contract. The school board was poised to vote on a resolution for a contingency plan, if teachers vote to strike next Monday.
But, the school board tabled that action until next Tuesday's Board meeting.
The district and teachers will have more contract talks this Thursday and the board wanted to wait until those talks concluded before voting on the contingency plan, which includes closing schools and laying off employees.
The plan does not specify if all schools would be closed, or how many employees would be laid off, if the teachers walk off the job.
The resolution states teachers who strike would not be paid and could not return to the classroom until the contract dispute is settled.