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. Scottish Mama

    It was an eight day strike and they will tack the days on the end of the school year.
    The teachers in pubic schools work an average of 190 days to privite scholls 170.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Everyone knows the teachers hours, the people are just acting ignorant to disparage and rob a sector of citizens under the guise of a argument .

      September 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ldsmom02

      The teachers are the problem. You can't get money if there isn't any money and if the district doesn't have any money how can they hire more teachers to reduce class size? Teachers that strike do not care about their jobs or the children that they teach. They should be fired. Don't be a teacher if you plan to strike. You knew what you were in for when you took that job. And get out of the unions because they are not your friend. They only care about their own needs.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      They cut funding for teachers across america because of the banking debacle. Cut the banks out instead of teachers.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      These teachers were fighting for smaller class sizes, they were fighting for children.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      How are cirrupt politicians still getting away with handing out school vouchers for private schools while in other districts, short changing your public school system ... A corrupt Bar ?

      September 23, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian DC

      Once again, the teacher's union exposes their true colors and shows the rest of the state that it is not about the children at all. It is no wonder the US children are behind 3rd world countries education, 3rd world countries don't have teacher's unions.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Third world countries do not have schools.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. humberto

    All the politicians are doing with school vouchers are buying votes and robbing from the public school system.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Correct an already funded school gets the perks.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      what do you mean by a funded school ? the public public school.are funded thru taxes .

      September 23, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Private schools are funded by donations and grants. And then they are given vouchers.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    Private schools can design their own curriculums and prublic schools have guidelines.
    Private schools offer less progams.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Private schools are not the taxpayers burden.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I know.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Nor should tax funds be stolen for such.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. ldsmom02

    Teachers who go on strike should be fired. They knew what the job entailed before they started. If you don't like the pay get another kind of job.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah they did know, the right to strike if the establishment was wrong.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      You work without a contract and let your employer shortchange you alone while everyone else's pay increases ?

      September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      The first thing corrupt politicians do to raise money is steal from your children, you should know that.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    They were facing a pay cut.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    They wanted smaller class sizes.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    The govenor made a mistake of revenue opps, 1.4 billion.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    Because of the mistake maybe the govenor, representatives, and senators of the state should take a pay cut?

    September 23, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      How good can higher education be if their still complaining they can't find a job
      and refuse to be competative and start their own business.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      The old corrupt bar are robbing the independents as a criminal cabal they are.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      The Justice Department, having proof of the theft, uses rethoric as an excuse for an argument such as they made a mistake, yet recover nothing and their corrupt resume' show nothing of their incompetance .

      September 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. humberto

    to obstruct justice for a pattern of racketeering –

    September 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. humberto

    they still falsify files and blacklist to stall for the statue of limitations.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. humberto

    Regardless, the School Vouchers are a Criminal embezzelment of the public school system mandated by State and Federal law, that elecred government officials illegally abused power to buy votes –

    September 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    Our elected officials do not pay for college for their families, the tax payer does.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. humberto

    and even still there are more students in class than the funds they claim they spent per student .

    September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. humberto

    The judges abused power doing that by negating the US Supreme Court that served a corrupt executive branch that refused to address it with Congress as they continued their political partys frauds and embezzelments – the Political parties involved can raise funds for the blatant discrepancy and embezzelments.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. humberto

    You'll notice no lack of funds for a so called citizen government that thinks itself as spys and soldiers , what a hidious joke they are.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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