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Teachers picket ANESU over contract

BRISTOL - Nearly 130 educators of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union lined Main Street in Bristol last week to picket an impasse on contract negotiations; the highly visible picket was organized by the Addison Northeast Education Association.

According to one supervisory union teacher's hand lacquered picket sign - "Talk not walk" - it appears a strike here is not a done deal; teachers told news reporters that they want to sit down and talk with ANESU. This time, its union officials that seem adamantine in their position.

The association wants to bring the cash-strapped ANESU school boards to the table to work out a deal that won't break the bank of the union-and taxpayers.

The contracts of ANESU teachers expired June 2010. More than a half a year of negotiations has failed to produce a contract everyone likes. As result, ANESU authorities enforced a contract of its own - teachers were not happy.

ANESU Superintendent Evelyn Howard told news reporters that the union was not planning to meet as a result of the Bristol protest.

Teachers want the ANESU boards to start talking again but it looked unlikely by week's end.

If the impasse isn't resolved in the next few days, a strike could come during the first week of February.

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