This message was emailed out to SPFE members on February 20, after the ballots cast in SPFE’s strike vote had been counted.
Dear SPFE members:
Today, by an overwhelming margin, you voted to authorize a strike. Approximately two-thirds of our members voted this evening. Of the votes, 82% voted yes to authorize a strike and to fight for the schools that our students deserve, and the profession our educators deserve.
State law requires the union to give the district at least 10 days notice before the first day of a strike. Next week we will announce the strike date.
We want to be clear – nobody wants to go on strike. That is why we’ve spent nearly a year engaging with the district on our student-centered proposals and on wages and benefits for our members. However, we refuse to accept the district’s position that our students and educators already have access to all of the supports they need to thrive.
It is our honor to serve educators who are willing to stand up and fight for their students and their profession.
The SPFE Executive Board