The Mendota Elementary School Board on Friday said a teacher’s strike seems likely unless the union returns to the bargaining table.

In a statement released to the media, the board contends the union walked away from negotiations at the last meeting on Tuesday night and has not shown any inclination to continue talks before the October 16th strike date.

The statement goes on to say that its latest offer is also its final offer, and that it represents the largest contract expense ever offered to the union. The proposed contract offers teachers a combined 6.14-percent raise in year one, a 4.96-percent increase in year 2 and 4.59-percent raise in year 3. It also allocates more than a million dollars of new money to the teachers’ salaries and benefits over the next three years. The union wants 2 million, but the board says it simply cannot afford it.

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