Strike called after board rejects union pleas
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Among those included in the WEA support staff are secretaries, classroom aides, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance personnel, lunch assistants, technical assistants, grounds personnel, security personnel and nursing assistants.
The strike will shut down busing operations, forcing parents to pick up and drop off their students on the way to and from work. Schools will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. during the strike, while adults will be on hand to provide supervision for students during the extended time periods, according to the district.
Anne Marie McDowell and Joann Groark, WEA co-presidents, sent a