ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage teachers are preparing for a Monday strike vote, saying they're not hopeful that mediation now under way will lead to a contract.
City school officials say they too are doubtful that a one-year deal can be negotiated. The sides were reported to be $13 million to $15 million apart in their positions.
The union wants a $3,500 raise for each teacher, plus more money based on experience. The district is offering $1,250 per teacher.
The Anchorage Education Association, the union representing the teachers, has rented the roomy Egan Center for the vote because it expects the vast majority of its 3,200 teachers, school nurses, librarians and other members to attend.
The union and the Anchorage School District were scheduled to meet with a federal mediator over the weekend.
A strike could not begin until June 30, when the current contract expires.
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