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Rohnert Park, Cotati teachers just miss strike threshold in vote

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A drive-thru school supply pick-up gets under way, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2020

More than 8 out of 10 teachers in the Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association have voted to give union leadership the authority to call a strike, a significant majority but not enough to meet the union’s threshold to approve a walkout.

With negotiations at an impasse since May, the union asked its 302 members — teachers, speech and language therapists, counselors, nurses and librarians — to empower leadership to use a potential strike as a bargaining tool. The proposal was supported by 82.7% of members, short of the 90% needed to authorize a strike.

The 90% standard is high for reason, union president Emilie King said.

“While 82.7% is a very large number, it doesn’t ensure that if we did strike we wouldn’t have people who would cross the picket line,” she said.

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