Union: Wash. teachers to discuss strike Thursday

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | September 15, 2011 | 12:40 AM EDT

Striking teachers picket outside Jason Lee Middle School, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Tacoma, Wash. School was closed for 28,000 students for a second day Wednesday after teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district voted to strike Monday night. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A union spokesman says teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have been told to report early Thursday to their picket line locations, where they'll decide whether to return to work as a judge has ordered.

Spokesman Rich Wood says Tacoma Education Association leaders will be offering no recommendations to the nearly 1,900 teachers who began their walkout Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff on Wednesday ordered teachers back to class and told the union and district to return to collective bargaining as soon as possible.

Wood says negotiations are set for Thursday afternoon. Issues include pay and how teachers are transferred.

Tacoma School District officials have said they're planning to have classes resume Thursday, with students reporting two hours later than normal to give officials time to change plans.

A district spokesman didn't immediately return a call for comment Thursday night.