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Both sides of teacher strike head to Gov. Gregoire’s office

Striking Tacoma teachers and school district officials are on their way to Olympia.

Principal, er, GovernorChris Gregoire issued a request — just short of an order, really — calling on both sides to head down I-5 and see her in her office if they couldn’t reach a deal today.

Gregoire is due to meet the teachers’ union and school district in her office starting at around 3 p.m.

We’ll have coverage from the Legislative Building of whatever develops.


Gov. Chris Gregoire moving Tacoma negotiations to her office if no deal by 3 p.m.

That’s the word from the governor’s office today, which was getting regular updates Tuesday evening on the bargaining between striking teachers and the school district.

Negotiations were called off Tuesday night and weren’t expected to resume today, but Gregoire says she has “directed” them back to the bargaining table this morning starting at 10 a.m. Both sides agreed after talking to her on the phone.

Gregoire says in a statement:

If no deal is reached by 3 p.m. this afternoon, both the district and the union will report to my office and stay until their differences are reconciled and

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Gregoire wants strike resolution by Monday

Gov. Chris Gregoire talked to both sides of Tacoma teacher contract negotiations today.

The governor is trying to nudge a deal along. She has passed ideas between the school district and teachers’ union and provided some of her own, said spokesman Cory Curtis:

She said to all of them that her primary focus is, she wants kids in the classroom on Monday morning, and this is an issue that needs to be resolved at the bargaining table, not in the courts. They need to sit down and work it out.