San Francisco School Teachers May Move Closer to Possible Strike

By Brian Shields

Thu Aug 14th, 2014 5:51am America/Los_Angeles

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco public school teachers appear ready to move closer to a possible strike during the upcoming school year.

Members of the United Educators of San Francisco are expected to vote Thursday night on to authorize their leaders to schedule a strike vote, possibly sometime in September.

The move increases pressure on negotiators after months of fruitless talks aimed at agreeing on a new contract.

Money is at the heart of the labor strife with union leaders asking for a 21% pay hike over the next three years. The district is offering 8.5%

A mediator has been working with the two sides since June in hopes of bridging the difference.

No matter what happens with the vote, San Francisco school officials say classrooms will open Monday as scheduled.

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