Four hundred seventy-four Madera Unified teachers voted resoundingly Wednesday afternoon to give their union leaders authority to call a strike if their negotiations with the school district fail to produce results in the best interests of Madera Unified Teachers Association members.
Only 22 teachers voted against the strike authorization proposal.
For three hours, teachers streamed in and out of the Madera South High School cafeteria to cast their ballots while MUTA President Kathy Horn and Vice President John Seybold took questions from the crowd.
It was clear early on that the teachers were going to vent their frustrations at the ballot box. Teri Pole, a teacher at Pershing Elementary School with 35 years of experience, stoutly defended the decision to ask for strike authorization...