Boston teachers’ union calls for protest as contract talks stall

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From the Boston Herald:

by Kathleen McKiernan

The Boston Teachers Union is calling on its members to protest stalled contract talks after it says Boston Public Schools officials have “barely budged” on key issues, including pay equity for staffers at autonomous schools, paid maternity leave and supporting inclusion classes.

BTU President Richard Stutman blasted the district in his weekly newsletter, writing: “With no small dose of hypocrisy, Boston Public Schools released a slick video last week describing how much the district ‘values’ our teaching force. Sorry, but we’re not buying that.” 

Stutman called on teachers to attend the March 22 school committee meeting in the hopes of pressuring the district to act on the contract that expired last August. The union is calling for smaller class sizes, paraprofessionals for inclusion classes, equal pay for staffers at innovation, pilot and other autonomous schools, and paid parental leave for provisional teachers, or those on the job less than three years.

But BPS refuted the union’s claims, pointing to a proposal that would have teachers without permanent positions and who can’t find a new teaching job within two years transferred into a paraprofessional role that carries a $40,000-a-year salary. The union believes the excess teachers should still get the $100,000-a-year teaching salary.

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