Union Head: Clark County Teachers Ready to Strike

In Exclusive Interview, John Vellardita Warns What's Ahead

Nevada's Morning News
August 23, 2019 - 8:29 am

LAS VEGAS (KXNT)— The Clark County School District ended its board meeting abruptly Thursday afternoon after several heated exchanges during the public comment period.

It comes moments after the Clark County Education Association rallied in front of the board meeting location at Liberty High School in Henderson.

More than 12-hundred teachers and supporters packed the district's board of trustees meeting Thursday night, demanding better pay and benefits.  Discussions got so heated trustees abruptly ended the meeting and were escorted out by police.  

The executive director of Clark County Education Association, John Vellardita, joined Nevada's Morning News to discuss the potential teacher strike in Clark County.

Vellardita made his case to listners as to why a strike is necessary, what prepartions CCEA and teachers are making, as well as what parents need to be aware of. In an attempt to reach a broader base of supporters, Vellardita hosted a podcast which outlines the union's plan of action in greater detail.

Clark County School District is the nation's 5th largest public school system, with over 320,000 enrolled students and almost 16,000 teachers.