April may be the last month filled with contract negotiations between Framingham officials and the local teachers union, according to Dr. Stacy Scott, Framingham's superintendent.
Scott said over the phone today that both sides are close to reaching a deal following months of bitter mediation sessions and educators waging a picketing campaign outside schools and town buildings.
The contract between the Framingham Teachers Association, which is the local teacher’s union, and the town expired on Aug. 31 last year. Educators have been fighting to get a cost of living increase on par with inflation – which they did not receive in the last contract – as well as language in the agreement that clearly defines the teaching work day. The teachers are also hoping to make limited class sizes a priority.
"We came to an agreement on the substantial issues," Scott said over the phone today, though he declined to comment further on specifics.
Scott said the next negotiation session between the union and the town would take place April 8, and that negotiations still continue on certain language and minor adjustments.
"We're hoping April 8 will be the last day," Scott said.
Union president Sam Miskin agreed in an email, noting that he was hopeful final language would be completed in the next week or so.
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