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BTC teachers poised to strike

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BTC teachers poised to strike

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Bellingham Technical College and the union representing its teachers are meeting with mediators in order to avoid a strike.

The teachers picketed Thursday over salaries and workload saying they haven’t received a raise in five years while administrators have.

BTC spokesperson Marni Saling Mayer says both sides agreed on Friday to meet with mediators from the Public Employment Relations Commission.

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Teachers voted last Thursday to strike if a contract agreement isn’t reached by midnight tonight.

Classes are scheduled to start tomorrow.

The union claims that the college president has received a substantial raise and other administrators have enjoyed substantial raises in recent years.

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.