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The two unions that represent public school employees on the Kenai Peninsula announced Thursday that they are preparing to strike over stalled negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The presidents of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association said in a joint press release that an impasse over employee healthcare was the main sticking point driving the unions to call for a strike.

KPEA president David Brighton said in a phone interview that the result of the vote would likely be known early next week.

Union members have been without a contract for the entirety of the 2018–2019 school year, with teachers and support staff operating under the terms of the previous contract.

The unions and the district have been through non-binding mediation and arbitration, but have not come to an agreement.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District did not respond to a request for comment.

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