Haverhill, Malden teachers and schools edge closer to strike after hours of no-deal bargaining
The Haverhill school system and its teachers could not reach a resolution to their contract dispute after seven hours of negotiations on Saturday. It was a result that brought both sides closer to a proposed strike on Monday.
Haverhill teachers’ unions, Haverhill Education Association, and Malden teachers’ union, Malden Education Association, agreed to strike on Friday after contract negotiations with their respective districts broke down.
According to a statement issued jointly by the two unions, Haverhill educators are fighting for desires such as more reasonable hours, smaller class sizes and better pay.
According to the Haverhill teachers’ bargaining subcommittee, the Haverhill teachers’ union would not settle for financial compensation less than double that of Boston teachers’ compensation.
“We are really disappointed with the union’s apparent lack of interest in serious negotiations. Their outright rejection of our unprecedented financial offer shows that the union leadership is only interested in walking off the job, despite an order from the state Department of Labor Relations to cease and desist from striking or to threaten to strike,” said Christian, a member of the Haverhill school board. Wood in a statement.
In a statement on Facebook, the Haverhill Education Association laid the blame at the feet of Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini.
“To be completely transparent, it is entirely THE FAULT OF THE MAYOR OF HAVERHILL. In our observations, the school committee team is just as frustrated as we are with their reluctance to move on and provide us with the compensation we deserve,” the union said on its Facebook page.
The Haverhill Public School Facebook page said the two sides are expected to resume negotiations on Sunday and a decision will be made tomorrow regarding Monday’s school schedule.
The Malden Education Association was also unable to reach an agreement with its school system. The union said on its Facebook page that the next bargaining session was set for Sunday at 9 a.m. at Malden Town Hall.
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