March 28, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA - Several hundred teachers marched loudly outside the city School Department’s headquarters in Roxbury on the evening of Mar. 22 to demand that it move faster on negotiating their new contract.
“We decided quiet negotiations were not going to work, and we needed to up the ante a little,” Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman told the Boston Globe. “We’ve been negotiating for 15 months and have not made much progress,” Robin Pelletier, a teacher at the Muniz Academy in Jamaica Plain, said before the rally. “Other professions that started to negotiate after us have their contracts already. It doesn’t seem fair or right.” She carried a sign that read “BTU Workforce 76% Women: Equity = Fair Contract.” The union began negotiating several months before their contract expired last August. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten came to Boston for the rally, telling the teachers, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals, and other educators that “You are fighting to ensure a future for every single student who comes to the Boston Public Schools.” Read more