BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) – Public school teachers in an affluent Boston suburb are preparing to strike Monday after contract negotiations with school officials stalled this weekend.
The Brookline Educators Union said in a statement Sunday it negotiated with the Brookline School Committee for nearly nine hours on Saturday. The union said talks reached an impasse just before 4am on Sunday.
The union said it had pared down its list of demands to “necessities,” but school officials had not adequately addressed teachers’ calls for planning and preparation time and “substantial action” to attract and retain educators of color.
“Brookline educators can no longer tolerate the school committee’s dismissive attitude towards educators or its willingness to dismantle the quality of our schools,” the union said in the statement.
The Brookline School Committee said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday its offer to the union included a 6% pay rise from 2020 to 2023, followed by an 8% pay rise from 2023 to 2026. The board also said it had made proposals to address the union’s diversity and planning time requirements.
The committee said more information will be made available later, including whether classes will take place on Monday.
Unionized teachers voted to go on strike last week. But the school committee said an injunction issued by Norfolk County Superior Court on Friday prohibits it.
https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2022/05/15/teachers-to-strike-monday-after-weekend-contract-talks-stall/ Teachers are on strike Monday after contract negotiations stalled over the weekend