Strike Looming for North Boone Teacher's Union

POPLAR GROVE (WIFR) -- The options are running thin for North Boone School District's Education Association.

"We're at a point where we don't have a choice. We really don't have a choice. So if we had to, we're going to have to do it”, says Emily Gregory, president of the North Boone Education Association.

The union has filed an intent to strike. Both the teachers and the school board say salary disputes are keeping them from coming to an agreement. The board says the economy has something to do with it.

North Boone School Board president Don Ward says, "Unfortunately the district has a limited amount of resources. Those resources are really strained at the moment based on declining state participation and the local revenue is also declining."

The teachers have been working without a contract since July 1st, and have been negotiating since February. They realize the longer the dispute drags out, the more it will affect their students.

Gregory says, "Most of these teachers, the majority, love their jobs. And with this constantly in the back of your mind with these worries, you can't give your full effort. You feel badly and guilty. So yeah, the students suffer tremendously."

The union must wait two weeks until officially going on strike due to state law, marking Monday November 7th as judgment day for negotiations.

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