Teacher strike delayed-for now

A strike by teachers of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers was delayed last week for the time being. Union negotiators said a strike would likely take place if a new round of negotiations failed to find the parties in agreement.

A strike was first announced when the ANESU schoolboards placed a contract on teachers beginning last year. However, events last month led to the strike threat. Teachers do not like the way ANESU's incremental pay increases were presented to them; they also do not like the increased burden of health-insurance costs.

Several members of the schoolboards did not like teacher pay raises noting that most taxpayers have not had automatic pay increases at their jobs. Others said a strike by teachers would have negative effects in the community.

Parents have mixed feelings about the idea of a ANESU teacher strike.

At several public venues last month-inlcuding a picket by teachers in downtown Bristol - several parents expressed support for teachers; others did not.

Single-mother Mary Egen Williamson, of Bristol, expressed her concern about the effects a strike would have on her three children as well as on the local community.

"Idon't think going on strike is a good thing to do right now,"Williamson said. "Many of us haven't seen paycheck increases since 2007. Sure most teachers work hard, but there's a perception that they are unyielding in tough times. I would say they are most lucky to be employed. I pay for more of my own health costs-why can't they pay more of their own?"

Negotiations between teachers and the schoolboards continued this week.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment