Even though it's illegal for teachers to strike in Nevada, Clark County teachers are threatening to walk off the job if they don't have a new contract by Friday.
The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) released a statement announcing the potential strike.
“On August 23, 2019 if there is no change in CCSD’s (Clark County School District) offer then CCEA will mobilize for the first strike action to take place on September 10, 2019,” the statement says.
The union and school district are at odds over teacher pay. CCEA rejected the most recent district offer to increase teacher pay by three percent this school year. The offer also would provide for step-based pay increases for the next school year. In addition, CCSD offered to increase its’ contributions to the union members' medical plan by four percent for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.
There are two teachers unions in Clark County. While the CCEA is the larger union, not all teachers in the district are members. It’s unclear as to how many of those non-members would strike in support if CCEA goes on strike.
The other concern that the CCEA faces is a legal one. Because it is illegal for teachers to strike in Nevada, those that do are subject to punishments that could include losing their job. The union itself could be fined up to $50,000 a day.
The Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) (an affiliate of the Nevada State Education Association) released a statement showing optimism. Virginia Mills, the ESEA president, said in that statement, “We expect to settle a contract with the District via the bargaining table; and not in the streets.”