Tacoma, Washington (CNN) — A judge Friday said striking teachers were violating his earlier order to halt their protests, but he did not penalize the educators.
Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff said he could still decide to fine the union the striking teachers’ belong to, and he ordered an attorney for the Tacoma School District to provide him the names of all the teachers who failed to show up for work after he ordered them Wednesday to return to the classroom.
“The order is legitimate, the question is, are we in compliance? It doesn’t look like it,” Chushcoff told an overflowing courtroom. He told attorneys for the teacher’s union and school district to keep negotiating and said that if the strikes continue, he might take action during a hearing scheduled for September 27.