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Students And Parents In Millville, Columbia County Want Teacher Strike To End Sooner Than Later
Stacha and her son Zachariah Eichenlaub from Millville are hopeful that a teachers strike will end soon. Stacha told this reporter, "I support the teachers they do a great job. I know what it is like to work without a contract." Zachariah added, "I don't want to sit at home. I want to get on with my education." 62 teachers hit the picket lines last Wednesday after contract talks broke down. Some 700 students are now getting an extended summer vacation. Nicole Campbell says her son is about to start Kindergarten and said, "I understand both sides of the issues. I just hope they can work this out so that everybody is happy." Teachers and the School District say salary and healthcare benefits are the key issues in this labor dispute. The Union sent a letter to the school district indicating the teachers will take part in extra curricular activities like sports. The school board is expected to discuss the issue tonight. The teachers can strike until October First without risking the mandated 180 days of classroom instruction. The school year can be extended to June 30 as the arbitration process gets underway.