CHULA VISTA, Calif. — About 1,400 teachers are threatening to walk off the job next month unless their union can negotiate a new contract with the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Ninety percent of teachers in the district voted to approve a strike if a deal was not reached.
On Monday, hundreds of teachers protested at the district offices calling on the board members to respond to claims that the superintendent retracted a signed contract for health benefits. The monthly meeting set for Monday was canceled on short notice, creating even more distrust for an education board that is under investigation for corruption.
“These people can not run a school district. They can’t even schedule a meeting,” said former teacher and activist John Brickley.
A meeting is scheduled for March 25, but that is during spring break and two board members say they already have plans and will have to miss that meeting as well.
Union members said they will strike in early April if there is no progress with contract talks.