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STL Teachers Prepare For Action Against School District

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By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Members of the St. Louis Teachers and School Related Personnel Union Local 420 say the school district is gnoring its concerns.

Some 2,300 personnel have been working under a series of contract extensions since the end of June.

Local 420 president Mary Armstrong says they're at an impasse with the district over issues including salaries, supplies, working conditions and in-school discipline.

Armstrong says if no progress can be made, the union is prepared to take action - including a strike:

"I'm hoping that's the last resort, that we can come to some resolution with the district so that we won't even think that that's a possibility," Armstrong said. "But I'm not ruling it out.

Technically, Missouri law precludes teachers from staging a strike. A spokesman for the school district declined to comment.

The union will hold a rally Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis.

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