Teachers, allies form mass picket line on first day of Alpine strike
Update - After a raucous school board meeting Thursday night, Alpine district officials have agreed to go back to bargaining table. Stay tuned.
Alpine Teachers Association members are showing strong solidarity on the first day of their Unfair Labor Practice strike, with 93 percent of the membership honoring the strike.
Teachers began the day in mass on a picket line at Joan MacQueen Middle School, beginning at 6:30 a.m., before dispersing to picket all five of the district school sites. Supportive parents and community members and representatives from fellow CTA local chapters from as far away as Imperial County joined in solidarity.
Despite the Alpine School District’s promise to parents that every class would be filled will a qualified teacher and instruction would be maintained, parent Shanna Ross reports that when she went to drop off her child at Creekside Elementary, she saw three or four completely unsupervised children in an office, with one first-grader hiding under a desk and crying. Rough estimates indicate that only about half of the student population showed up for class today. Many parents, upon seeing the conditions, went back home with their children.
ATA members, supportive parents, students and community members will pack the Alpine School Board meeting Thursday evening, Feb. 20, to demand that the district return to the bargaining table and settle a reasonable contract. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Boulder Oaks Elementary, 2320 Tavern Road.
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Strike fund contributions can be sent to: Alpine Teachers Association Strike Fund, 5333 Mission Center Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92108. Strike news updates and a link to express solidarity can be found on the association's website: http://www.alpineta.org.