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Teachers to strike Monday after weekend contract talks stall

The Brookline Educators Union said in a statement Sunday it bargained with the Brookline School Committee for nearly nine hours Saturday.

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A rally was held Saturday for Brookline teachers as they prepare to go on strike.


BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Public school teachers in a wealthy Boston suburb are preparing to strike Monday after contract negotiations with school officials stalled this weekend.

The Brookline Educators Union said in a statement Sunday it bargained with the Brookline School Committee for nearly nine hours Saturday. The labor union said talks ended at an impasse just before 4 a.m. on Sunday.

The union said it pared down its list of demands to the “bare essentials” yet school officials haven’t properly addressed the teachers’ demands for planning and prep time and “substantive action” on attracting and retaining educators of color.

“Brookline educators can no longer tolerate the School Committee’s dismissive attitude toward educators or its willingness to dismantle the quality of our schools,” the union said in the statement.

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The Brookline School Committee said in a statement on Twitter Sunday its offer to the union included a 6% pay increase from 2020-2023 followed by an 8% raise from 2023-2026. The board also said it made proposals to address the union’s diversity and planning time demands.

The committee said more information will be provided later, including whether classes will be in session Monday.

Unionized teachers voted to authorize a strike last week. But the school committee said a preliminary injunction issued Friday in Norfolk County Superior Court prohibits it.

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