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Teachers Union Rallies in Downtown Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wa -  Teachers from the Washington Education Association gathered for a rally at Millenium Plaza in downtown Yakima.

They say they want state lawmakers to make funding public education a priority.

They want better health care coverage and they want better pensions.

"We need the legislature to be honest and up front with maintaining an adequate retirement system for teachers," says Jerry Bounds, a 7th grade math teacher at Selah Intermediate, "I've been in the field 34 years.  Now they're trying to reduce the retirement system. They've made some promises. They need to keep those promises."

Bounds and other teachers are also angry about class sizes that are just too big for a teacher to handle.

About 50 people turned out for the rally.  Their goal was to created awareness.  They plan to speak at town hall meetings in West Valley and Naches.