Champaign teachers union 'overwhelmingly' votes to authorize strike

Champaign teachers union 'overwhelmingly' votes to authorize strike

CHAMPAIGN — The union that represents teachers in the Champaign school district has voted to authorize a strike.

Michelle Anderson, second vice president of the Champaign Federation of Teachers, said members held a vote Thursday afternoon after a lack of a breakthrough with district administrators.

"We overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike," said Anderson, who was unable to give an exact tally. "We will continue to negotiate, and our next scheduled negotiating session is set for Oct. 23."

She said the earliest teachers could go on strike would be the first week of December.

The union represents more than 850 certified teachers in the Unit 4 district. Their last contract expired June 30; negotiations on a new agreement began May 16. On Aug. 24, the union asked the district to have a federal mediator assigned to the talks.