Northshore Education Association, which represents 1,800 members, and the Northshore School District started negotiations last year. Contract issues include school safety, staffing, class sizes and salaries.

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The Northshore teachers union on Wednesday voted to “prepare for a strike if necessary” if the union and school district fail to reach a contract agreement before it expires in August.

Northshore Education Association members authorized the strike vote at the meeting at Inglemoor High School. If contract negotiations stall, the union will vote again in August on whether to strike.

The union, which represents 1,800 members, and the Northshore School District started negotiations last year. Contract issues include school safety, staffing, class sizes and salaries.

The district has proposed that classes start Sept. 6, but the two sides haven’t reached an agreement on the final school calendar.