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BTC union ends strike

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 resumed Friday after a union representing support staff ended a four-day strike.

BTC officials and the Bellingham Educational Support Team – representing classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support staff – ratified a collective bargaining agreement Thursday night.

BTC’s Board of Trustees will take a formal vote on the agreement at a meeting next week. The college said Friday it will not release details of the settlement until the new contract is approved by the board.

A union spokesman had said earlier the striking workers were looking for a pay increase to keep up with the rising cost of health care and other living expenses.

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