GALESBURG — Public-school teachers in Galesburg have voted to go on strike if they can't reach a new labor agreement with the local school district.
Galesburg Education Association spokeswoman Tami Qualls told The Register-Mail in Galesburg Thursday night that they had agreed to strike on Aug. 13 if they can't agree on a new contract. Classes are scheduled to start Aug. 14.
Her comments came as more than 400 teachers left a meeting.
Negotiations are expected to begin Aug. 11 with the District 205 Board of Education.
The school district has said it can't afford the 1.5 percent raises the teachers union wants.