Chico teachers, parents meet as strike looms

Mar 31, 2015 2:29 PM by News Staff

With a possible strike on the horizon, the Chico Unified Teachers Association held a parent-community meeting at the Masonic Lodge Tuesday.

The teachers decided to hold a series of meetings Tuesday to answer any questions parents may have about the negotiation process, or a potential strike.

The Chico Unified School District is currently at an impasse in contract negotiations with the Chico Unified Teachers Association. Both sides are going through mediation and fact finding in an effort to reach an agreement.

School officials say this 40 day waiting period, which ends April 10, is a confidential period however an offer has been put on the table, CUTA Vice President Joe Asnault says they are having conversations with the district and are cautiously optimistic.

A potential strike could lead up to as many as 612 teachers not coming to work, and parents want to know what this means for the students. At Tuesday's meeting, parents voiced concerns about truancy if they kept their kids home in support of the teachers, as well as the qualifications of "replacement" teachers.

If you missed the meeting at 9 a.m., there will be another meeting at the Masonic Lodge at 3 p.m. and then at 6 p.m.


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