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Stoughton Teacher Contract Talks Remain Stalled

The Stoughton Teachers Association took a different approach to the contract negotiations at the Nov. 26 school committee meeting, but the impasse remains.

In additions to submitting a petition for the school committee to agree to the contract demands, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, 14 teachers read reasons why they are thankful for being a teacher in Stoughton.

Melanie Ingrao, a teacher at the high school, told the school committee about the responses they received. 

Among the things the teachers were thankful ranged from their students, being able to help them inside and outside the classroom, their fellow teachers and support staff at the schools, being about to teach in the school they attended, and being able to help students get scholarships to college.

On the contract negotiation front, both sides say no progress is being made on resolving the issue. They have a formal contract session scheduled for Dec. 11.

Stoughton school superintendent Marguerite Rizzi traveled to New Orleans at the end of the week for a conference about contract mediation.

According to Stoughton Teachers Association president Andrea Pires, the lack of progress is leading to frustration and talk of going on strike if the contract isn't resolved. There is a no-strike provision in the contract. 

"It's been done," said  Pires of striking, despite the no-strike provision. 

Rizzi said school chairwoman Joyce Husseini had offered to meet with the teachers' association "numerous" times.

"(A strike) is not usually the first response," said Rizzi.

SJP December 03, 2013 at 06:49 AM
In 1975 I was training to become an air traffic controller, they to had a no-strike clause, in 1980 they struck, more like struck out. Every single one got fired. Maybe the best move I ever made was getting out in 76. I just don't believe with real unemployment @25% how a strike could ever fly. Would also be the final straw for decertification IMHO. would be a disaster for everyone, the students, parents, teachers, venders, administration and of course the town.
lowertaxes December 03, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Seriously, a strike!!! For people who claim to care so much about the children clearly they must see that this will hurt the kids. Everybody need to grow up and get this done. I lost all respect I had for the teacher's union when the word Strike entered the conversation.
knight watch December 04, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Having Rizzi mediate the teachers' contract would be like having your husband's girlfriend mediate your divorce!
SJP December 04, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Doc Rizzi has total control over all SPS employees, so who do u want mediating the contract the Union? Every time they say something the price of my house goes down. BTW, we'll thought out intelligent comment there.
Michelle December 05, 2013 at 04:03 PM
that's right...keep denigrating teachers as being greedy individuals who only think of money...but boy, you sure expect them to defend your kids should a threat ever occur. ironically enough, you blame the union as being greedy but you don't seem to mind when the union protects your children from having to learn in a room packed with 40 kids. Would you allow people to refuse your legally due contracted raise? I'm surprised they haven't gone work hours already

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