September 22, 2014

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Wellington teachers union gives strike notice

WELLINGTON — Unions representing teaching and non-teaching staff in the Wellington Schools have authorized their leadership to issue a 10-day strike notice if contract talks remained stalled, a union representative said.

Linda Repko, co-president of the Wellington Education Association, said negotiations are at “a crisis state right now.”

She said chances of a strike are “50-50.”

The WEA represents 89 teachers, and the Wellington School Support Staff represents 59 drivers, cooks, custodians and other workers.

Repko declined to discuss the status of talks or issues that remain unresolved. The union contracts expired June 30 and the two sides met with the help of a federal mediator Wednesday.

Superintendent Victor Cardenzana also said he could not talk about specifics regarding the impasse.

“All of us would like to avoid a strike,” Cardenzana said. “Basically it comes down to money — I can’t talk about the details."

Contact Cindy Leise at 653-6250 or cleise@chroniclet.com.