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Will they walk? JCTA president addresses teacher 'strike'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The last time JCPS teachers went on strike was 1976. Fast forward 40 years to 2016, is history going to repeat itself this year?

"I believe the district will negotiate these issues," said JCTA president Brent McKim. He went on to call any notion of a strike "premature."

While a strike seems unlikely, the district has an unresolved issue when it comes to teacher pay.  

Many JCPS teachers that spoke with WDRB expressed concern that their salaries could be frozen following a district recommendation.  

"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. 

And that contract is vital, according to McKim. The teachers signed a contract, and if the district breaks that deal by freezing salaries, a third party arbitrator would then come in. 

"It's very unlikely that an arbitrator would side with the district on abandoning that decades old obligation," McKim said. 

It appears teachers won't be walking out on their deal. Actually, they plan on pulling a 180 on the situation. Thousands of JCPS employees and students are expected to stage a "walk-in" before school on Tuesday through Thursday next week.

Thousands expected to 'walk in' at JCPS schools next week

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