ST. PAUL, Minn. - Union officials who represent St. Paul public school teachers say they'll decide this week whether to put a strike to a membership vote following eight months of contentious contract talks.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says leaders of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will make their decision Monday.

The union and school district apparently made progress during about 12 hours of negotiation Thursday, but union President Mary Cathryn Ricker says the executive board will decide whether to call for a strike-authorization vote.

Union leaders say they have established a list of priorities to be addressed in a new contract.

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Reducing testing
  • Provide access to pre-K for all St. Paul families
  • Improve opportunities for teachers and families to work together
  • Add more librarians, nurses, and counselors
  • Ensure students have access to art, physical education, and world languages.

District spokesman Matt Mohs says both sides share core values, but they disagree about policy and funding.