Strike Information

This page will be updated periodically in the lead up to SPFE’s strike. Bookmark it for the latest information and important links. Last updated 3/12/20.

Support SPFE

Statements of support have come in from unions, community groups, and public officials, across Minnesota and the United States. If your union or organization is interested in submitting a statement of support for educators in St. Paul who voted to strike, send an email to

Find resources for parents and families here.

To contribute to SPFE’s strike fund, follow this link.

To stay up to date negotiations, sign SPFE’s community allies petition. Make sure to follow SPFE on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates.

To tweet your support, tag @spfe28 and use #WeAreSPFE.

Latest Updates

SPFE members are on strike until we reach a settlement with the districts.

There will be daily picket lines at every school in St. Paul from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. In the afternoons, there will be rallies and other large actions at 1:00 p.m.

Find the latest updates on the status of our bargaining proposals here.

FAQ for striking members here.

Keep up to date by following SPFE on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions about the strike? Call our Strike Hotline (612) 422-1185.

Bargaining Details

Our top priorities include:

  • A fully staffed mental health team in every building, including providing teachers with more training and hiring more social workers, counselors, psychologists, school nurses, and behavior intervention specialists.
  • More multilingual staff to help our students and families connect to their school community.
  • Additional educators supporting students with special needs and appropriate assignments for educators so they can give students more one-on-one attention.

Strike Date: March 10

State law requires the union to give at least ten days notice before the first day of the strike. SPFE’s Executive Board authorized a strike beginning March 10.

A Q&A written for parent and community allies is available on our website. PDF versions are available in English, Hmong, Karen, Somali, and Spanish.

A Q&A for SPFE members can be found here.

Strike Vote Details

SPFE’s Executive Board called a strike vote for February 20, 2020. The vote was held at the Ironworkers Union Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voting took place by secret ballot, and all members were eligible to vote.

Members voted overwhelmingly to strike. Approximately two-thirds of members voted, and 82% of those voting voted to strike.