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Teachers and BTC in negotiations, strike possible

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Teachers and BTC in negotiations, strike possible

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Teaching faculty at Bellingham Technical College say they’re ready to strike if a contract isn’t reached, but school officials say negotiations are going well.

BTC spokesperson Marni Saling-Mayer says they were caught a little off-guard as the discussions switched from workload issues to pay.

Play Saling Mayer on picketing

Instructor Steve Mudd says it’s not fair that administrators have received raises over the past several years and staff has not seen any substantial raises.

Play Steve Mudd on negotiations

Saling-Mayer says while administrators have seen wage increases, their pay is still below average compared to other technical colleges in the state.

She adds that BTC faculty receives above average wages compared to other community and technical colleges in the state.

Mudd says the teachers unanimously voted to call for a strike if a contract is not reached by midnight Monday.

Fall semester starts Tuesday.