Updated: 03/18/2014 7:47 AM
Created: 03/17/2014 7:28 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Contract talks are stalled, and the teachers' union at one of the state's largest school districts has taken a step toward a strike.
A teachers' strike would impact thousands of students and their families in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
Eighty members of the teachers union met Monday evening in Coon Rapids to discuss the strike option. They decided the district's 2,800 teachers will vote Thursday, April 17, on whether to authorize the leadership to potentially go on strike against the district. The vote will take place at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Julie Blaha, president of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, says negotiations with the district have become stuck after nine months of negotiations. She says health insurance and compensation have been among the key issues.
“We still hope to negotiate an affordable contract that’s good for our students and our profession,” Blaha said. “Unfortunately, our negotiations are stuck. We need to finally get the district’s decision makers to the table.”
Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota will schedule informational meetings with teachers prior to the vote.
Anoka-Hennepin teachers have not had a strike vote since 2002; however, the contract was settled in time.