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JCTA holds emergency meeting over recommended salary freeze

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Teachers Association held an emergency meeting of its organizing committee Thursday.

The media was not allowed inside the closed meeting, but a big turnout of teachers showed up at JCTA headquarters. 

Teachers called the meeting to focus on a "collective action on salaries and the JCPS discipline code."

The emergency teachers meeting is in response to what happened earlier this week, where JCPS employees and parents slammed the district over a recommended salary freeze.

"I'm not asking for a raise, I know that the economy is tough, but but I was promised every year that I taught that next year I was going to get that little bump, and you can't take away that promise when I sign that contract," said Bates Elementary teacher Steven Durm. 

Aside from pay, the other issue the teachers tackled at Thursday's meeting has to do with the code of conduct. JCPS is considering loosening its student policies to reduce punishments for some offenses. 

"The climate is already difficult, and we are afraid that this proposed discipline policy will cause more chaos in the classroom," said Peace Academy teacher Erin Hargan

Teachers told us if they can't find some common ground with the district on the salary and code of conduct issues, then a strike is a very real possibility. 

"I'm upset with the district. I'm not upset with the principal at my school, I'm not upset with the students at my school. But if I strike, then I'm going to hurt my school, the support staff at my school, the principal at my school. Like, what if we strike during testing?" Durm said. 

The next big date circled on the calendar is May 10. That is when the board is expected to vote on the proposed salary freeze, and JCTA is asking for 2,000 teachers to show up.

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