There are two parallel processes that have to be completed before UESF could legally strike. One, according to our By-Laws, there have to be two strike authorization votes by the members before the UESF leadership has the authority to call a strike. Following CA law, a second series of steps has to be completed as well, which are as follows. If bargaining breaks down (one side or the other gives up on it), then it goes to impasse and a mediator is brought in, who attempts to get the two sides (no longer speaking directly to one another) to reach an agreement. If mediation doesn’t work then a fact finding panel looks at both sides stories and makes a recommendation for settlement. After that the district may impose its offer, at which point the union my strike.
Rejecting the TA just means that membership tells the bargaining team to go back to the table and try again. The BT returns to negotiations with a stronger mandate from its members.