Teacher representatives are still talking strike if Davis County School District officials don't soften their position during contract talks scheduled to resume July 28.
While only 20 percent of the teachers surveyed last spring favored a strike, their attitudes could easily change if the district fails to grant cost-of-living increases being demanded by the Davis Education Association, said Kathie Bone, association president."If things don't change and if things deteriorate, a walkout is likely," Bone said. "We are hanging on tight."
Davis Education Association is the bargaining agent for about 2,200 teachers in the district. The teachers had originally asked for a 4.3 percent cost-of-living increase. No wage increase was included in the district's 1988-89 budget.
Outside of a total walkout, teachers who were surveyed have also shown some support for other job actions and work slowdowns. That includes coming to and leaving school on time - no staying late correcting papers or tutoring students. They have discussed picketing before and after school, avoiding roles in extracurricular activities and holding parent-teacher conferences only during the school day, Bone said.
Some teachers also want to stop subsidizing classroom activities with their own money. That includes removing all teacher-owned materials.