San Juan Capistrano to decide on strike

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. 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.

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