St. Louis Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Tue September 2, 2003

St. Louis Teachers Will Discuss Contract Tonight

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Public Schools teachers will decide Tuesday night whether to ratify parts of their proposed contract or to take a job action.

It's illegal for teachers in Missouri to strike, but they could take action like only working the hours required by their contract. Such a move could affect before-and-after school activities.

Union President Mary Armstrong says a job action seems unlikely. Negotiations on salaries, benefits and other economic issues will resume Thursday. The union expects the contract to be finished before midnight Friday.

If not, the contract may have to be extended while negotiations continue. The School Board has voted to cut 1,400 jobs and close 16 schools.