The Burlington School Board ended negotiations with the Burlington Education Association (the teachers’ union) Wednesday and voted to impose a contract Thursday night.
In a letter to the community, the board says it made “significant concessions, while at the same time addressing a number of issues essential to the district’s financial and operational effectiveness.”
The letter lists several contract points including a 2.75% salary increase. The union had most recently asked for a 4.3% increase, then was prepared to accept the fact-finder’s suggested 3.25% increase.
In a release sent to media, the BEA says the board chose chaos over settlement.
“As teachers, our first and most important commitment is to our students,” said union president and BHS history teacher Fran Brock in the release. “It’s why we’ve been bargaining for a contract that continues to allow us to serve the city’s children well. Unfortunately, what the board did today will do nothing for Burlington’s schools.”
Brock says she doesn’t know if the union will strike in response.
“We’re not going to make any rash decisions,” Brock told Local 22 & Local 44. “But, we’re also not going to accept this.”