FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sep. 4, 2019
FAIRPLAY, Colo. – Educators took a major step today toward fighting for fair compensation to retain and attract quality educators for Park County students. More than 90% of South Park Education Association (SPEA) members voted to authorize a strike if the Park County School District (PCSD) fails to join educators at the bargaining table to negotiate a professional salary schedule.
“Today is a victory for Park County students because they deserve quality educators who will stay in Fairplay. We can only serve our students and families to the best of our ability when we can afford to live in this community,” said elementary school teacher and SPEA President Taya Mastrobuono. “No teacher wants to strike but the District should prioritize the students of Park County and no longer take its educators for granted.”
PCSD has so far rebuffed an offer to return in good faith Friday to the bargaining table and work with SPEA toward an agreement that will benefit the students of Park County, stating it has not had enough time to prepare. The district received the request to bargain on Sep. 6 with the educators of SPEA during the last mediation session, Aug. 23. Mastrobuono said that door is still open for the District to listen to the voices of its educators, meet the needs of its students, and do what is necessary to prevent a strike.
“A strike is not inevitable. We took a strike vote today because we are serious about quickly resolving this urgent need to hold on to caring, dedicated school employees who love educate our students daily and who believe in this community,” said Mastrobuono. “If the District is equally serious about resolving this crisis for our community, they will meet with us at a bargaining table before seeing us on a picket line.”
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