Compulsory Unionism is Alive and Well in Washington State

Washington state teacher union officials are using their most valuable weapon to keep their power: the strike called over monopoly bargaining negotiations:  Two more Washington state districts join Vancouver and Ridgefield districts in the threat of a strike if they demands are not met.

Katie Gillespie has the story in the Columbian.

Teachers clad in red crowded the Battle Ground High School gym where, by a vote of 98.4 percent, they voted to approve a strike effective on the first day of school if a deal is not reached before then. Of the 693 votes cast, 682 approved the strike.

Linda Peterson, president of the BGEA, said she was not surprised at all by the results.