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San Juan Capistrano to decide on strike

April 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Teachers in the Capistrano Unified School District may make a decision on whether to strike by Friday night.Members of the 2,200 member Capistrano Unified Education Association began voting Thursday on whether to give their union's leaders the authority to order a strike. The strike vote caps nearly a year of negotiations with the school district.

Despite teachers' union opposition, Capistrano Unified's board of education voted last month to impose a 10 % cut to teacher salaries. Capistrano Unified board president Anna Bryson said the teacher salary cuts are needed to keep the district solvent as it faces a nearly $40 million budget deficit next fiscal year.

Upset parents organized a sick-out Tuesday to protest the possible pay cuts. More than 7,000 students called in sick.

If a strike is approved by a majority vote, union leaders can call a strike at their discretion and must give the school district two days notice.

The Capistrano Unified School District is the second largest school district in Orange County.