BTC teachers considering strike

BTC teachers considering strike

KGMI News Reporting
By Joe Teehan

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Teachers at Bellingham Technical College are considering a strike vote ahead of the start of classes on Tuesday.

A news release from the Washington Education Association, the parent to the union representing the teachers, says pay is the issue.

The union claims the college president has received a raise of 30 percent and other administrators have enjoyed raises in recent years, while instructors have gone five years without a pay increase.

At the same time, the union says the college has millions of dollars in reserves and the legislature has sent the school more money this year for teacher salaries.

Faculty members plan to picket the college’s board meeting this morning at 9:00 and hold a general meeting and possible strike vote at 11:00 a.m.