SPPS Prepares Families and Staff for Potential Strike
Feb. 1, 2018
Yesterday, all bargaining groups represented by the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) voted to authorize a strike. SPFT is reporting that it has filed an intent to strike with the Bureau of Mediation Services - a requirement before a strike can occur.
Please know that this does not mean a strike will happen immediately. A 10-day period now begins in order to continue negotiations. The bargaining groups represented by SPFT include teachers, educational assistants and school and community professionals.
We realize talk of a strike – when staff leave their jobs in protest for a new labor contract – provides uncertainty for our families and students. In the interest of transparency, we wish to provide you as much information as possible throughout this process.
If a strike occurs:
- Your child's Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and PreK-12 classes will be canceled at all Saint Paul Public Schools
- All SPPS after-school activities and SPPS athletics could be canceled
- Youth Community Education classes will be canceled
- Discovery Club may continue at limited sites
- Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes will be canceled
- Traditional free breakfast and hot lunch at school will not be served
- Classes for K-12 students could extend into summer to make up for lost instructional time
- High school students might face challenges obtaining credit hours needed for graduation
- S-Term (summer school) may need to be rescheduled to a later date
- Scheduling of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), which usually take place in April, may be affected
- Notification of fall 2018 school enrollment status for families may be delayed
- Adult Community Education classes will continue
- Permitted community events and/or meetings will continue
Please note: SPPS is exploring options to minimize the impact for families. More information will be provided at a later date.
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and the union leadership for the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) have been negotiating the terms of SPFT’s employment contract since August. An employment contract outlines wages, benefits, and other work-related issues. We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached with the union before a strike happens.
Negotiations meetings will continue with the teacher bargaining group Friday, Feb. 2 and Wednesday, Feb. 7.