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School Committee Press Release regarding Status of Teachers' Negotiations

by Press Release
December 1, 2017

The Holliston School Committee announced today that negotiators for the School Committee and the Holliston Federation of Teachers have jointly agreed to seek the services of a state-provided mediator to assist the teams with their on-going efforts to secure a successor contract.

The Holliston School Committee announced today that negotiators for the School Committee and the Holliston Federation of Teachers have jointly agreed to seek the services of a state-provided mediator to assist the teams with their on-going efforts to secure a successor contract.  While the current contract term concluded on August 31, 2017, it remains in full force and effect while the parties complete the negotiation process.  

                According to School Committee counsel Andy Waugh, “This joint request is simply the next step in the negotiation process.  While progress has slowed in recent months, we’re confident that an agreement will be reached now that we’ve entered mediation.”

                Holliston School Committee Chair, Anne Louise Hanstad, agrees.  “We’ve already come to a tentative agreement on a number of issues that both groups deem important.   The School Committee is committed to working with our teachers’ union to complete the negotiation process and settle a contract that is fair to the teachers, affordable to the taxpayers and aligned with the moderate-term revenue projections provided to us by the Finance Committee.” 

                Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Bradford Jackson, is hopeful that students will not be impacted while the parties enter the mediation phase.  “While I share the concern of our teachers that the contract talks haven’t yielded a final agreement, my experience has demonstrated that Holliston’s teachers hold themselves to the highest professional standards. Our dedicated teachers are committed to excellence in our classrooms and in their work. My expectation is that it will be ‘business as usual’ in Holliston’s classrooms during this mediation process.”

                When asked to comment on Federation assertions regarding the impact of past contract negotiations on teacher wages, School Committee counsel Andy Waugh responded. “While our analysis of past contracts does not support statements made by the Federation, we encourage the Federation to share the material supporting their assertions with the Committee at our next bargaining session.” 

The School Committee and Federation filed their joint petition for mediation with the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations on October 31, 2017.  The mediator has been assigned and the first mediation session is scheduled for Monday, December 4th.  

 

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