Seattle teachers demand school funding, holding one-day strike
Seattle, WA – Thousands of public school teachers, librarians, staff and their supporters boldly took to picket lines for a one day walkout on May 19, demanding better work conditions. The walkout began at 8:00 a.m. and included a picket of local public schools such as West Seattle, Chief Sealth, Rainier Beach, Franklin, Garfield, Roosevelt, Ballard and Hale.
The teacher walkout will march past many schools on their route, and includes a meeting at noon next to the Seattle Experimental Music Project (EMP).
“Join us today as we demand that Washington State fund our schools!” said Phyllis Campano the vice president of the teachers’ union, the Seattle Education Association (SEA).
Supporters are encouraged to use #OneDayWalkout on social media and to also call Washington state legislators at 1-800-562-6000 and leave the message, “Fund our schools!”
At 3:00 p.m. teachers will gather outside of the busy, upscale Westlake Center shopping mall and hold a rally.
Teachers unions and parents across the country are fighting for funding education as state politicians are imposing budget cuts and slashing taxes on the rich.