The district has made very calm and responsible statements that there is no change in the school schedule for this week, and parents should plan to send their children to school as usual on Tuesday. However, as a fellow TPS parent I feel I need to warn my readers that it is very apparent teachers are likely to vote for a strike, when they meet at Mt. Tahoma tomorrow night.
Currently the most serious outstanding issue is the district's desire to end solely seniority-based teacher displacement decisions. Although some community groups have been pushing hard for this change, the union views it as opening the door to discrimination and favoritism.
The August 31st vote only failed because not enough teachers were present for the vote to meet validation requirements. 90% of those present voted to strike. I do not see any signs of pending agreement between the union and district negotiators. Barring some last minute Hail Mary pass offer, teachers will more likely than not vote by a wide majority to strike. If that vote meets validation requirements of 80% (eased by an early voting process which began this past Thursday) a strike will go forward.
I sincerely hope I'm wrong. But if you need to line up childcare or make plans for a reduced work schedule, I would do so now, to avoid scrambling Tuesday morning.
Read more about it:
District's contract negotiation page (now includes detailed side by side comparison of bargaining positions)
Tacoma Education Association's "We Teach Tacoma" site:
We Teach Tacoma Facebook page:
Tacoma Public Schools Facebook page: