I moved to a district closer to family and friends this summer knowing that there was some drama and just hoping that the worst would get worked out. Well... The Basics: The district and the union have been unable to reach an agreement on negotiations. They have gone through all normal meetings, had multiple mediators, and then finally a fact finding panel of 3 with a "neutral" party releasing their results. Before the fact finding (before the end of the last school year), the union voted in favor of a strike for the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year if things weren't worked out. The first day is Thursday and no agreement has been made. We were informed today at our staff meeting that as long as there is a threat of strike we have to turn in our keys before leaving every day. The union held a meeting yesterday to share/discuss their side and plan out the strike but my grade level teammates told me not to go to protect myself as a probationary teacher in the union. Today I spoke with other teachers, including the union rep for our site, who said that I should stick with the union (and not cross the line if there is a strike) and they would protect me if the administration decided to punish me for it. The rep was actually very honest in saying that while he is sorry for putting me and the other new teachers in this situation and he would support us either way, there are a number of other teachers on site who would view us as traitors or cowards. Apparently all the returning teachers (including probationary 2) are planning to strike if it happens so it would be pretty obvious if the three new teachers did not. I have not been able to talk with the other two teachers. I honestly don't know what to do. I have been a member of CTA for two years now so I know there are some protections with them (and the union is claiming that CTA Legal is supporting us) but I'm not sure the full extent of it and I do have evaluations this year. I also moved this summer and depleted a lot of my savings so I am worried about the lose of pay that comes with striking. But if I don't strike I potentially lose all support and respect with my coworkers. So do I strike and risk needing to have the union support me or do I cross the line and ruin my relationship with my new coworkers? I don't know who to talk to about it who is knowledgeable but who is not also invested in it like my union rep.