Labor Day weekend approaches with some school districts on strike, others continue negotiations.

The beginning of the school years comes with more than the usual uncertainty. Classes have been canceled in nearly every school district in Clark County because of teacher strikes. Strikes appear likely in Tacoma and Puyallup. Negotiations continue as picket lines form in North Thurston. And the Seattle Public Schools has warned parents of a potential strike, while writing. ““We continue to actively negotiate and have every reason to believe that the team will reach a tentative agreement this weekend.” 

So, we found this short item from KIRO 7 a timely reminder that strikes are illegal, but effective.

More coverage of the fraught (and possibly delayed) beginning of the school at KOMO news, Tri-City Herald, the Washington State Labor Council’s The Stand,  and the Washington Education Association.

The Daily News carries a statement from Sen. John Braun calling on statewide political and education leaders to intervene.

“It’s incredibly important that we have high-quality teachers in our state and empower them to prepare our children for the future,” said Braun. “I am encouraged to see many districts and teachers reach an agreement in recent days, ensuring children can return to the classroom on schedule. I hope that governor, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction will recognize the problem facing schools where there has not been progress and engage in the process because every day students are kept out of school because of a strike is a day their education is disrupted.”

And, again, we embed the WEA’s map indicating settlements and strikes.