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Story by Ella Andrews - Oregon State Media
Published on Saturday April 2, 2011 - 12:48 PM
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Teacher representatives at Mt. Hood Community College say that a strike is possible if the college imposes a contract.

"The faculty bargaining team is currently anticipating a forced final offer from the Board. In response to this threat, the faculty can and will escalate in an attempt to settle the contract, up to and including a possible strike."

No one seems to be willing to give ground in the dispute over cost-of-living adjustment proposals and other issues such as the size of employee contributions to their health care package.

The Mt. Hood board says it is considering the correct steps for next week's meeting on Wednesday, April 13. However, the board says it has no plan to force a contract settlement, but is considering adjacent plans to replace teachers in the event of a strike.