S. Burlington teachers: We strike Wednesday if agreement cannot be reached

S. Burlington teachers: We strike Wednesday if agreement cannot be reached
South Burlington teachers vote to strike
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The teachers union voted Friday to strike starting October 4, if a contract can’t be negotiated, a spokesman said.four school days on strike, Burlington teachers and the city’s school board announced Tuesday evening they had reached a “tentative” deal that would allow classes to resume Wednesday.

South Burlington Teachers Set To Strike Oct. 4

“We are disappointed that the SBEA has decided to take this step,” South Burlington School Board Chair Elizabeth Fitzgerald said. “Rather than disrupting the school year for our students and parents, the union should reconsider the concessions the Board made last night, return to the table, and get serious about negotiating a two-year agreement. We await a realistic and meaningful settlement offer from the SBEA.”

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imposed employment terms on district educators.

The decision to strike was made Friday and announced at Tuttle Middle School.

“We are committed to reaching settlement. We cannot accept imposition,” said Noah Everitt, a spokesman for the union and a special educator at South Burlington High School, at a Friday news conference.No personal harrassment, abuse, or hate speech is permitted. Comments should be 1000 characters or fewer.“Together with the community, we have built a school system that is one of the best in Vermont, and is one of the reasons why South Burlington is such a thriving city,” Everitt said. “We object strongly to the board’s unilateral decision to leave the bargaining table, upending decades of collaboration. We don’t want to strike, but the board’s actions leave us no choice.”

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The South Burlington School Board issued its own release after the union’s strike vote, saying it’s “disappointed that the [South Burlington Educators’ Association] has decided to take this step.”

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