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Educators in Cheney prepared to strike

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CHENEY, Wash. -

CHENEY, Wash. - Educators in Cheney held an informational picket Monday. They say if they cannot come to an agreement with the School District they will strike.

"People are beginning to tire at the idea of mediation and going to more meetings. They're tired of meetings, they're tired of people talking, and they're ready for action. So they're ready for something to happen," said WEA delegate and Vice President of the CEA, Shasta Ruddock. "I do want to say striking is not in the interest of any of the teachers and it's certainly not what we want, but I will say this to administration: We are ready and we will strike."

Ruddock says educators would like competitive wages; specifically salary increases in the double-digits.

Teachers throughout the district are meeting at their school's flagpoles Wednesday at 7:40 a.m., then walking into the schools together at 7:50 a.m. as a sign of solidarity. They will be wearing red.

If they strike, Ruddock says teachers will discontinue extracurricular activities before and after school and possibly put a halt on going to the classroom.

District officials are hoping to come to a bargaining agreement with educators.

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