Teachers contract talks held

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The School Committee and the negotiating team for the Stoughton Teachers Association held contract talks Wednesday night for the first time since Oct. 3, and both sides reported little progress during the two-hour session. The two sides did reach agreement regarding the wording of a social networking policy, settling an unfair labor practice charge. The teachers have been without a contract since Aug. 31, and a major sticking point has been the committee’s desire to rework the system of step raises. School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Husseini said the committee has proposed six dates in January for talks, and the union is expected to pick two. In a recent press release, teachers association President Andrea Pires said she conducted an online survey that found more than half of Stoughton teachers were considering employment elsewhere due to the contract situation.

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