Tacoma teachers ending 8-day strike, district says
Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, hold picket signs outside a school last week.
September 22nd, 2011
04:39 PM ET

Tacoma teachers ending 8-day strike, district says

Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, have voted to end their eight-day strike, meaning classes will resume Friday for 28,000 students, Tacoma school district spokesman Dan Voelpel said.

A lawsuit that the school district had filed against the teachers' union will be dropped, Voelpel said.

A tentative agreement was reached Wednesday. Contract talks between the school district and union hadfractured over teacher pay, class size and how educators are transferred between schools.

In the deal that teachers accepted Thursday, according to Voelpel, class sizes will remain the same (the union had pushed for smaller class sizes); teachers will not face a pay cut (the district to cut pay by 1.35%); and a joint committee appointed by the district and union will determine how teachers are transferred.

Across Washington, state services cuts are in the works after the governor's office last week said the state is expected to collect $1.4 billion less in revenue between now and June 2013 than previously forecast.

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  1. Greg

    Geesh! Does anyone revise these stories? Horribly written

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Unfortunately, the author's teacher was on strike...

      September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Where's the bit about the union defying a court order? I'll bet these are the same teachers grousing that students don't respect authority....

      September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimmy

    WOOOOOO it is not a good time to go on strike. Those of us who are lucky enough to have jobs right now should be grateful. Even though I wouldnt want a pay cut I would sure take one before causing trouble. There is a chance the economy might get a whole lot worse. Im trying to put back all the cash I can just in case. It is scary times.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alan

    War on teacher continues...sick

    September 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      War on Taxpayers continues – Sick – 1.4 Billon shortfall continues as well

      September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snap

      war on taxpayers by unions continues.............................. jerk

      September 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beaver

    Teachers arent that great. Im almost in 5th grade and stil cant spell good.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jester & jackal

      That is because of no child left behind. If you can't spell well then at some point you should if been held back

      September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boss Hogg

    The kids probably learned more at home. Homeschooling is so much more effective than traditional government politico education.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAISHI

      I won't argue that since I have no statistical figures (but then again, neither do you), but when you consider the number of single parent and dual-working family households, it becomes impossible for most people to homeschool.

      September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      Please do leave your children at home. Teach them there. We don't want or need them in the public schools. They're probably so smart they could go from the fifth grade to the eleventh in a couple of days, anyway.

      September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boss hogg is a dumb @$!

    your a dumb putz boss hogg. please keep your kids out of school and away from the rest of society.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boss Hogg

      You are a product of an ineffectual lib education no doubt. I am flattered however, by your choice of names...

      September 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. noname

    Yes yes. Their majesties have waived their real wands and will now decree that they will do their jobs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. noname

    correction-

    Yes yes. Their majesties have waived their Regal Wands and now decree that they will do their jobs.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim Hoffa

    Strike I say. Make them pay for the rest of your life. Higher wages, Less Hours. More paid time off. Free Health Care. Strike, Strike. Srike. It is the Democratic way!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr, President

      Yes Jim. You are the man. Strike. Chaos is our friend. Fear is good. Vote Democratic.

      September 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. blake

    It appears that the Tacoma schools wimped out. Labor unions have a great deal in common with terrorists. Don't negotiate with them. Just setting yourself for repeat performances down the road. It should not be difficult to replace most of the teachers that were striking with folks that want to work. Great excuse to get rid of the bad teachers that the unions exist to protect.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stephen

    Another example of why people should have the option to strike: just to force a fair deal. Goodness sakes. Glad they stuck together.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ray,willie

    When the parent teach there children respect for the teacher, who is teaching then only. He or she will learnm

    September 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. larry5

    It may not be over if the Judge does not like being told to take a flying leap.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    *Sigh*

    September 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George McFly

    I like turtles

    September 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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