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Strike Possible As Contract Talks With Portland Teachers Get Underway


David Child, a member of the Portland Association of Teachers bargaining team, held a sign outside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in February 2014 during a rally to support teachers as a possible strike loomed. The teachers union voted to authorize a strike on Feb. 5, 2014. 

David Child, a member of the Portland Association of Teachers bargaining team, held a sign outside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in February 2014 during a rally to support teachers as a possible strike loomed. The teachers union voted to authorize a strike on Feb. 5, 2014. 

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Portland Public Schools teachers are preparing for a possible strike as contract talks with district administrators continue to deteriorate.

“Our hope is to get a fair settlement and sooner rather than later, so the district can focus on myriad other issues,” said Suzanne Cohen, president of the Portland Association of Teachers union. “I don’t want to say the word ‘strike’ yet, but we’re definitely preparing for that possibility.”

All of which means that Portland Public Schools, which lacks a permanent superintendent, may soon find itself in the same position as three years ago. That’s when the district narrowly avoided a February 2014 strike that teachers overwhelmingly supported.

Here’s what parents and community members need to know as the clock continues to tick on negotiations.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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