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Bellingham Technical College cancels classes

Strike closes Bellingham Technical College

Classes at Bellingham Technical College were closed in Bellingham, Washington on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, after support staff went on strike and the faculty members refused to cross the picket lines.
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Classes at Bellingham Technical College were closed in Bellingham, Washington on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, after support staff went on strike and the faculty members refused to cross the picket lines.

Classes at Bellingham Technical College were canceled Monday because of an apparent labor dispute with support staff members.

An email from BTC administration said faculty members voted to honor a picket line of employees from the school’s striking Bellingham Educational Support Team, which represents classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support staff.

Contract negotiations are at an apparent impasse.

“There will be campus services open to students during the strike including College Services building, the Campus Store and Campus Center library with varied hours,” the statement said.

Classes are also canceled Tuesday, according to school officials.

BTC classes began last Tuesday for fall quarter.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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