The Kentucky Education Association Board of Directors voted early Saturday morning to give Governor Ernie Fletcher an ultimatum with a list of demands that if not met could result in a strike by teachers and school employees.
Educators are upset over the Governor’s decision to change the state health insurance plan, which they say will cost more and provide less.
KEA is asking school districts across the commonwealth to cancel school on September 27 to allow teachers to participate in a statewide protest. Sept. 27 is the first day school employees can sign up for the new health insurance plan.
If teacher’s demands are not met the strike proposal calls for school districts to strike starting October 27. Schools do not have to strike. It will be left up to each individual teachers union to decide whether or not to follow through with KEA’s plans.
Governor Fletcher says the KEA went to far in calling for an illegal strike and says it would be inappropriate for him to negotiate in response to the threat, and he’s asking the teachers union to reconsider.