Brookline teachers to strike after contract talks break down | Massachusetts News


BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Public school teachers in an affluent Boston suburb are preparing to strike after contract talks with school officials broke down early Sunday.

The Brookline Educators’ Union negotiated for nearly nine hours with the Brookline School Committee before reaching an impasse just before 4 a.m. Sunday, the union said in a statement.

The union said it had narrowed its list of demands to “the essentials”, but school officials had failed to adequately respond to teachers‘ requests for planning and preparation time and “remedial actions”. background” to attract and retain educators of color.

“Brookline educators can no longer tolerate the school board’s dismissive attitude toward educators or its desire to dismantle the quality of our schools,” the union said in the statement.

The Brookline School Board said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday that its offer to the union included a 6% wage increase from 2020 to 2023, followed by an 8% increase from 2023 to 2026. The board also said that he had made proposals to meet the union’s demands for diversity and planning.

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The committee said more information will be provided later, including whether classes will take place on Monday.

Unionized teachers voted to authorize a strike last week. But the school board said a preliminary injunction issued by the Norfolk County Superior Court on Friday prohibited it.

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