Sumner-Bonney Lake schools closed due to strike

(Information from: KING-TV,

SUMNER, Wash. (AP) — All Sumner-Bonney Lake School District schools will be closed until further notice after the Sumner Paraeducators Association announced it will go on strike beginning Friday.

KING-TV reports the Sumner Teachers Association voted not to cross the picket line, and the district decided to close schools.

Paraeducators have been negotiating with the district for a contract after their collective bargaining agreement expired on August 31. SPA voted 99% earlier this month to strike if an agreement was not reached by 3 p.m. Thursday.

SPA said other district unions also said they won’t cross picket lines. Picketing will begin on Friday morning at each school.

The district said it’s committed to bargaining until an agreement is reached.

The SBLSD said most sports and after-school activities will not be canceled on Friday. However, some events like middle school dances scheduled for Friday will be canceled.

The district said parents should check individual school websites for details. District child care and preschool are canceled.