LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Clark County Education Association announced Tuesday that a strike would take place Sept. 10 if they couldn't reach an agreement with Clark County School District on a new contract.

Days after the school year begins and CCEA and CCSD cannot come to a pay raise agreement.

“18,000 educators have been very patient. It’s been almost 70 plus days since legislative session ended. Significant money was appropriated to the school district for compensation and benefits for educators,” said CCEA executive director John Vellardita.

The offer CCEA received does not include a significant pay 3 percent pay raise or 2 percent STEP increase.

There is no added money for a better medical plan.

Many in the teachers union says they are frustrated because they did not receive funds for advanced college degrees and the extra time and effort they put in to gain credits for.

“It’s in our contract that says if you do required work you will receive column advancement. They (CCSD) are refusing to pay that,” said Sunrise High School Teacher Danny Price.

CCEA and CCSD are expected to continue contract negotiation this Thursday.

If an agreement is not made at Thursday’s board meeting teacher will strike.

“There’s risks, absolutely. There’s exposure, absolutely. But the downside is they go another year or two and they’re not compensated what they’re promised they would be compensated for,” said Vellardita.

If the union strikes they can face a $50,000 fine, which they are willing to pay.

“I think most teachers are worried about it. We all know it’s illegal but we also know its not a fair system,” said Price.

CCEA will hold a rally before the board meeting Thursday August 22 at 4:30pm at Liberty High School.

FOX5 reached out to CCSD for comment and received the following response.

Despite continuing talks with the labor union, in an effort to avoid a strike by Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers, district leadership is aggressively preparing a comprehensive contingency plan that will provide continued academic enrichment and high-quality meals for the students we serve. In the unfortunate event of a strike, all CCSD schools will remain open during their regular bell schedules.

Today, at the proactive direction of Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, all principals have been requested to attend an emergency closed door meeting. This will provide an opportunity for school site leadership to collectively address the impending strike and the significant effects it will have on the community.

“A strike must be prevented. We agree that teachers deserve more pay, which is why we are offering a 3% raise, a step increase and contributing 4% towards medical for all their tremendous work,” Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara stated. “The total for those increases is approximately $69 million, therefore an additional request cannot be met with an approximate $35-million-dollar forecasted deficit for the biennium. To that end, a compromise must occur to ensure our student’s academic progress isn’t interrupted. CCSD will work tirelessly at the bargaining table to reach a deal that supports the best learning environment for all children. If the union leadership moves forward with a strike, please know we are committed to providing all children with safe buildings and quality instruction.”

CCSD Clark County School District building

Clark County School District

Today’s meeting allows for a collective voice of our leaders to be at the table in case a compromise isn’t reached by the union’s September 10, 2019 deadline.

At the meeting, administrators will be grouped by school divisions (elementary, middle and high) and will be asked to provide creative and thoughtful ways to engage students, if a strike does occur. The CCSD Human Resources office is working diligently to ensure they have an active pool of qualified substitute teachers available in case a decision is not reached.

Additionally, CCSD is requesting the support and partnership of retired teachers, local universities and other philanthropic organizations to ensure our schools are staffed properly.

“No child will be turned away from our District. All doors will remain open, regardless of any decision by union leadership” Superintendent Jara stated.

CCSD Human Resources will be waiving all fingerprint costs associated with substitute hiring, in an effort to shore up qualified support for the classroom. Any parties interested in applying for a position should visit the district website at www.ccsd.net.  Continuous and relevant information will be provided to parents, staff and the community as this process continues to unfold.

CCEA and CCSD are expected to continue contract negotiation this Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Hawks15

They dont have the money. They spend it all on administrative offices and stuff

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