Teachers, district to resume talks

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The School Committee and the Stoughton Teachers Association plan to meet Wednesday for their first formal contract talks since Oct. 3. School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Husseini and association President Andrea Pires said there has been no progress in recent weeks. The teachers contract expired on Aug. 31, and step raises that were part of the old contract have not been paid because the committee has declared its intention to change the number of steps required for teachers to reach their top rate of pay. Teachers have attended every School Committee meeting in the past two months, delivering a petition signed by members asking the committee to settle the dispute. “My response has been pretty much the same each time,” said Husseini via e-mail. “Come to the table and we will talk.” Husseini said the committee offered the association multiple dates, and the earliest date chosen was Dec. 11. Pires said via e-mail that teachers have been frustrated by the “dysfunction” in the Stoughton schools. “We have heard teachers mention ‘strike’ and we’re hoping the contract is settled soon before things get to that point.”

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