Kennewick teachers to strike on first day of school if no agreement is met


KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Kennewick teacher's union has voted to strike on the first day of school if they cannot reach a tentative agreement with the school district by next week, according to Jim Gow with the Washington Education Association. 

The Kennewick Education Association voted Monday to approve the strike. The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 27. 

The motion passed with 85% of KEA in support of the strike. The union is made up of about 1,200 teachers. 

"Kennewick teachers earn significantly less than Richland and Pasco. All our folks are asking is their work be valued like other Tri-Cities districts. I don't understand how KSD can pay their teachers significantly less than the other districts," Gow said.

KEA has been negotiating with the Kennewick School District for better wages and benefits since last May. 

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