School Districts Work To Resolve Labor Issues

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(Host) A couple of school districts in the state are trying to resolve labor issues.

In the Addison Northeast district, teachers will return to negotiations with school boards tonight to try and avoid a strike.

Teachers earlier voted to strike unless there’s a settlement of a plan that was imposed by the boards.

Teacher Heather Parkhurst says the union wants to see a negotiated settlement:

(Parkhurst) "Imposed working conditions is really not the norm in the past 30-something years in Vermont. Over the thousands of contracts that have been negotiated, there have been 16 impositions. So clearly, this is doesn’t need to be the way we do business at Addison Northeast."

(Host) The issues that are being negotiated include pay, health insurance and leave.

The district includes Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol and five neighboring elementary schools.

Meanwhile, the school boards in the Chittenden South Supervisory Union decided against imposing working conditions. Instead, the two sides will continue to negotiate.

Teachers have been working since July under last year’s contract. The district includes Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg and five Chittenden County towns.

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