Teachers approve strike after negotiations stall

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A teachers' union in Champaign plans to strike after a vote of approval Thursday.

The News-Gazette reports the Champaign Federation of Teachers, which represents over 850 Unit 4 educators, “overwhelmingly” voted to approve a strike. Second Vice President Michelle Anderson told the newspaper the decision came because the group couldn’t reach a breakthrough when talking with district leaders.

A strike could start in the first week of December. Negotiations are scheduled to continue on Oct. 23.

A contract between the sides expired on June 30. They began talking about a new plan on May 16 before federal mediators got involved in late August.

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