Judge won't force Bellingham college teachers back to work

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 6:18 AM

BELLINGHAM, Wash.  -- A Whatcom County District Court judge has refused to force Bellingham Technical College faculty to go back to work.

The faculty went on strike on Tuesday and the college has cancelled classes for the duration of the walkout.

Judge Fred Heydrich said Tuesday after denying an injunction sought by the college that he feels the college and the union are well equipped to continue negotiating toward a solution.

The Bellingham Education Association says contract negotiations ended Monday without a contract, so instructors will be on the picket line instead of class. The union says major issues are salary and workload.

The college says it wants to continue negotiating until a settlement is reached.

Bellingham Technical College has about 8,000 students. It offers 30 associate degrees and 50 certificate programs.

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