MINNEAPOLIS - A strike could be possible in the Minnesota's largest school district.
On Monday Anoka-Hennepin teachers will be asked to vote on a strike authorization, Julie Blaha, president of Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota said.
The head of the teacher's union said she never wanted to get to this point, but after 10 months of failed negotiations, she says there isn't a choice.
"When you're in a place where you don't have everyone at the table, it's hard to understand the decision much less, actually solve it," she said.
Blaha wants school board members present at the table to discuss two proposals she says would divide older and new teachers.
"We are concerned that these drastic changes in health insurance will affect a lot of teachers, particularly our younger ones. Add to that, they want to slow down younger teacher's progress through the salary schedule."
A spokesperson for the school district says school board members have never directly been involved in contract talks. Instead, the school board picks someone to represent them.
"We're still hoping for a settlement …Our board is committed to reaching an agreement while being fiscally responsible," the district said in a statement.
The district went on to warn that if they accept the union's proposal it would result in bigger class sizes and have a negative impact on teacher workload.
Blaha says they aren't asking for anything more than what average teachers are getting elsewhere.
"Our teachers right now are getting above average results," she argued. "We have an above average fund balance and increased funding. We think we should be able to get at least an average settlement."
No other mediation sessions between the two sides have been scheduled.
If the union supports the move on Monday it could be at least a month before a strike vote is actually set.