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UNIONS: WA TEACHERS defy judge orders, continue to strike – MiamiHerald.com

September 15, 2011

WA teachers defy judge orders, continue to strike

Thursday, 09.15.11

BY DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP

ASSOCIATED PRESS

TACOMA, Wash. — Teachers in Washington state’s third-largest school district are defying a judge’s order and will continue to strike, forcing the cancellation of classes.

KOMO News reports that Tacoma school district officials say they don’t have enough staff to open the city’s schools.

A Superior Court judge on Wednesday issued an injunction ordering the teachers back to the classroom. But union leaders say the court order only applies to its leaders.

On Thursday morning, enough teachers decided to continue picketing to stop classes.

The teachers walked out over issues that include pay and how teachers are transferred. About 28,000 students are being kept at home during the strike.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A judge on Wednesday ordered teachers in Washington state’s third-largest school district to return to work and end a two-day walkout over issues that include pay and how teachers are transferred.

Tacoma School District officials said classes would resume Thursday, with the district’s 28,000 students to report two hours later than normal.

The Tacoma Education Association told teachers to report early Thursday to their regular picket line locations to get additional information about the court hearing and “decide how to proceed,” union spokesman Rich Wood said Wednesday night.

Union leaders do not plan to offer any recommendations to the nearly 1,900 teachers who began their walkout Tuesday, Wood said.

A district spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday night.

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