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Teachers union to take strike vote

February 10, 2009 12:17:36 PM PST
The Los Angeles teachers union says members will take a strike authorization vote next month if a contract deal isn't reached with the school district.United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy says Tuesday that negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District are currently stalled over health care cuts, layoffs, testing of students and other issues.

The vote would occur March 20 to March 25.

Ramon Cortines, district superintendent, says the strike authorization vote will not affect negotiations. He says the district is trying to preserve health benefits and reach a new contract swiftly.


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