Minneapolis teachers create 4,000 picket signs ahead of potential strike on Tuesday

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at the headquarters of the Minneapolis Teachers’ Federation to assemble picket signs and paintings.

MINNEAPOLIS — Members of the Minneapolis Teachers’ Federation (MFT) say they are ready to strike on Tuesday.

“We don’t want to be in a situation where we’re on strike,” said Natasha Dockter, a Minneapolis public school teacher. “But we’re ready to get there because what we’re fighting for is so important, and our students need it.”

On Saturday, Dockter was one of hundreds of community members who showed up at MFT 59 headquarters to assemble 4,000 picket boards and paint canvases to hold on the picket lines on Tuesday if an agreement is not met. .

For months, the union has been negotiating with the district on issues such as higher wages, more mental health support staff and smaller class sizes.

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On Friday, the Minneapolis Public School District posted an update on its website regarding the negotiations, saying it “met with MFT in several 12-hour mediation sessions this week.”

However, no agreement was reached.

“We’ll be ready on Tuesday to strike. We’re in mediation until then, but we’re ready,” Dockter said.

On Saturday, several other community organizations and local unions held a press conference at MFT headquarters to publicly express their support for the union.

Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME 3800, said her fellow union members would be willing to stand with MPS teachers on the picket lines.

“Just know that we will be there day in and day out, throughout the negotiations,” Horazuk said. “If there’s a strike, we’ll be there on the picket lines, we’ll be there to support you with food, coffee, donuts, pizza – all the things that happen on the picket lines. “

AFSCME was one of 40 organizations that signed a letter publicly supporting MFT.

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