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D-300 teachers to take strike vote Sunday

District 300 teachers will meet Sunday to decide whether to go on strike, after union leaders decided late Thursday to put the issue to their members.

In a week filled with twists, LEAD 300 President Kolleen Hanetho said union leaders made the decision to vote to authorize a strike after the leaders received comments from "enraged" members who were frazzled by board President Anne Miller's statement Wednesday night about negotiations.

The authorization, if approved, means only that LEAD 300 has the ability to strike after two weeks have passed. Either the union or the district board then would have to declare an impasse in negotiations and then go through some procedural hoops for the next 28 days.

At that point, the union can decide to walk out and go on strike. A simple majority of LEAD 300 members present for Sunday's meeting is needed to approve a strike authorization.

The last time District 300 teachers went on strike was in 1972, Hanetho said.

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