Quincy teachers walking the picket line
QUINCY, Mass. -- Public school students in Quincy are getting an unexpected day off as their teachers walk the picket lines.
After the teachers' union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement yesterday, the rank-and-file voted nearly unanimously to go on strike.
According to the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, it's the first time in 20 years that teachers in the city have voted to strike.
The sticking point appears to be how much teachers are willing to pay for their health insurance.
The union took the strike vote even though it's illegal for public employees in Massachusetts to walk off the job.
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