This page will be updated periodically in the lead up to SPFE’s strike. Bookmark it for the latest information and important links. Last updated 3/12/20.
Statements of support have come in from unions, community groups, and public officials, across Minnesota and the United States. If your union or organization is interested in submitting a statement of support for educators in St. Paul who voted to strike, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To stay up to date negotiations, sign SPFE’s community allies petition. Make sure to follow SPFE on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates.
SPFE members are on strike until we reach a settlement with the districts.
There will be daily picket lines at every school in St. Paul from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. In the afternoons, there will be rallies and other large actions at 1:00 p.m.
Questions about the strike? Call our Strike Hotline (612) 422-1185.
Our top priorities include:
- A fully staffed mental health team in every building, including providing teachers with more training and hiring more social workers, counselors, psychologists, school nurses, and behavior intervention specialists.
- More multilingual staff to help our students and families connect to their school community.
- Additional educators supporting students with special needs and appropriate assignments for educators so they can give students more one-on-one attention.
Strike Date: March 10
State law requires the union to give at least ten days notice before the first day of the strike. SPFE’s Executive Board authorized a strike beginning March 10.
Strike Vote Details
SPFE’s Executive Board called a strike vote for February 20, 2020. The vote was held at the Ironworkers Union Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voting took place by secret ballot, and all members were eligible to vote.
Members voted overwhelmingly to strike. Approximately two-thirds of members voted, and 82% of those voting voted to strike.