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East Baton Rouge teacher walkout postponed, no tax exemption vote

Posted: 2:45 PM, Oct 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-24 15:50:29-04

UPDATE: After teachers approved a walk out in East Baton Rouge Tuesday, the event scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, has been canceled.

WBRZ reports that the walk-out was scraped after learning that ExxonMobil has decided not to place requests to the Board of Commerce and Industry for tax exemptions in the parish.

A statement given to WBRZ is as follows:

“It has come to our attention that ExxonMobil has decided not to place its requests for these exemptions on the agenda for Oct. 31 meeting of the Board of Commerce & Industry.

The members of the Support our Educators Coalition are therefore postponing the walkout planned for Oct. 31, permanently, if the exemption requests do not return; temporarily, if they are placed on a subsequent agenda.”

Tuesday evening, the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers approved a one-day walkout for teachers and other employees of the district set for the end of the month.

According to WAFB, members of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers voted 445 to 6 to approve the walkout which was scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

WAFB reports that employees planned on using the day to protest a meeting of the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry.

The Advocate reports that the walk-out has been pushed for following requests by ExxonMobil to obtain an exemption from millions of dollars in property taxes.  A vote to approve the exemptions will be held on October 31 by the  Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry.

Reaction from those at the meeting can be read here