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Galesburg teachers plan strike if no deal reached

GALESBURG — Public-school teachers in Galesburg have voted to go on strike if they can't reach a new labor agreement with the local school district.

Galesburg Education Association spokeswoman Tami Qualls told The Register-Mail in Galesburg Thursday night that they had agreed to strike on Aug. 13 if they can't agree on a new contract. Classes are scheduled to start Aug. 14.

Her comments came as more than 400 teachers left a meeting.

Negotiations are expected to begin Aug. 11 with the District 205 Board of Education.

The school district has said it can't afford the 1.5 percent raises the teachers union wants.

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