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PPS waits for strike vote

With a strike vote looming, the Portland Public Schools board met in executive session on Saturday to get an update on the contract negotiations with teachers.

After the meeting, PPS board co-chairs Pam Knowles and Greg Belisle issued this statement:

“We remain committed to reaching a negotiated settlement and are pleased that the PPS and PAT teams have agreed to meet with the mediator again on February 9. The PPS School Board has not implemented working conditions and is not scheduled to take such action at Monday’s board meeting.”

The teachers union set a strike vote for Wednesday. If they vote for a strike, by law they cannot go on strike for 10 days. But even if they vote for a strike, the teachers are not obligated to go on strike.

The district declared an impasse Nov. 20 with unresolved issues on class size, salary increase and early retirement incentives.

The district has 48,000 students and 2,900 teachers.