More than 200 teachers in Vermont's top-paying school district are walking the picket line on the first day of a strike, saying the city School Board has delayed too long in negotiating a new contract.
The South Burlington Educators' Association, an affiliate of the Vermont-National Education Association, went on strike Tuesday morning, more than 10 months after contract talks began and more than three months after the previous labor agreement expired.
The teachers' union voted last week to strike if an agreement could not be reached by Tuesday, but that didn't happen.
The chief union negotiator, Eric Stone, doesn't dispute that the city's teachers are the best paid in Vermont. He says teachers are willing to settle for contract terms recommended by a neutral fact-finder.