Dallas teachers push strike back until September

By Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
Parents and citizens of Dallas are seen rallying in September in hopes of bringing a teachers’ strike to an end. That strike lasted seven days. A second strike, set for this month, has been pushed back until September. - Times Leader file

DALLAS — The strike has been pushed back again.

A planned one-day walkout by Dallas School District teachers has been changed from May 18 until Sept. 5, the district announced on its website.

Members of the Dallas Education Association (DEA), as the union is known, have been negotiating with the school board since 2014. Their contract expired in August 2015 and the two sides have not been able to reach a new deal since.

The union went on strike in September 2017 for seven days. Under state law, teachers are allowed to strike twice in a school year, as long as the first strike ends in time to complete 180 student-instructional days by June 15. A second strike must end in time to complete 180 days by June 30. The district’s last day of school will be Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Contract talks have grown increasingly acrimonious, with health coverage one of the key sticking points.

The website indicated that the DEA informed the district of the strike date change.

Parents and citizens of Dallas are seen rallying in September in hopes of bringing a teachers’ strike to an end. That strike lasted seven days. A second strike, set for this month, has been pushed back until September.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL093017Strike2.jpgParents and citizens of Dallas are seen rallying in September in hopes of bringing a teachers’ strike to an end. That strike lasted seven days. A second strike, set for this month, has been pushed back until September. Times Leader file

By Roger DuPuis

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