The members of the Educational Association of Worcester are deeply disappointed by the decision of the Worcester School Committee and its representatives to walk away from a scheduled contract bargaining session on Jan. 26.
Educators have been working without a contract since August, and we understand that the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to delays in bargaining a new contract.
Yet we were stunned by the district’s refusal to bargain in the presence of silent bargaining representatives. The EAW has a core bargaining team that engages with the core bargaining team from the district. Other members of the EAW and from the district are invited to be silent bargaining representatives.
This process has been in place for two previous sessions, both of which went off without any problems.
Then the district instructed its lawyer to inform the EAW that no bargaining would occur in the presence of silent [ Read More ]