Irvine's 750 teachers, who staged a one-day strike in February, are to decide today whether they want to stay with their union.
The teachers will vote on continuing to pay fees to the Irvine Teachers Assn. Those fees amount to about $300 a year per teacher, said Dan Saling, executive director of the South Orange County Educators.
The vote is part of a contract agreement reached between the union and the Irvine Unified School District. Teachers are expected to vote on the actual contract in the next few weeks.
Teachers will be deciding on their "agency or representation fee" and not the union shop issue, Saling said. The difference is that a union shop would require all teachers to belong to the union, he said.