Delegates at the Education Minnesota Representative Convention this past weekend donated $10,000 to the striking Crosby-Ironton teachers.
A total of 527 delegates attended the convention Friday and Saturday in St. Paul, according to a news release from Education Minnesota. The $10,000 donation also was from members of Education Minnesota Retired.
The delegates also authorized Education Minnesota to "use all appropriate fiscal and human resources" to support Education Minnesota Crosby-Ironton Local 1325 teachers' union in its efforts to achieve a reasonable settlement.
"We received great support from the delegates," said Stan Nagorski, union president, in a telephone interview Sunday. "It was a good meeting."
A small delegation of striking teachers, including Nagorski, attended the convention and presented a video about their days on the picket line, the news release stated.
"We are the ones who should be thanking you," Delegate Mary Broderick, St. Cloud, said at the convention, according to the news release. "You are fighting a battle for all of us."
C-I teachers went on strike Feb. 9. The main points of disagreement between teachers and school district officials are contract salaries, health insurance contributions for currently active teachers and health insurance benefits for retirees.
On Wednesday the school board declared negotiations were at an impasse and no further negotiations have been conducted or scheduled since that point. Board Chair Scott Kile Sunday said no new talks had been scheduled.
Also on Wednesday Education Minnesota announced the union was suing the C-I school district and Superintendent Linda Lawrie in Crow Wing County District Court, alleging the district and Lawrie violated state law in hiring replacement teachers.
The lawsuit hasn't been answered by the school board or Lawrie, though Kile and Lawrie earlier said the charges by Education Minnesota were false. The lawsuit hadn't been opened in Crow Wing County District Court as of Friday.
Kile said the school board will meet in a closed session 6:30 p.m. Monday at Ironton City Hall. He said the board probably be discussing the Education Minnesota's lawsuit during its closed session.
So far kindergarten through fifth-graders have returned to school and are being taught by replacement teachers at Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby. Juniors and seniors returned to the high school Wednesday. Kile said he didn't know when other grades would be returning to school.
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