Burlington Teachers Open Up Strike Headquarters

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The union representing Burlington teachers opened up a strike headquarters Thursday.

The Burlington Education Association says it set-up shop at 294 N. Winooski Avenue in the Old North End.

The union says it plans to have two briefings Thursday that will offer the latest information about the strike.

The first briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Burlington High School. The second is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the main office for the Burlington School District on Colchester Avenue.

Bargaining between members of the union and city school board failed Wednesday evening.

Both sides said they were close on salary issues, but remained conflicted on working conditions, including teachers’ use of time.

Union President Fran Brock said the board had an opportunity to work with them to address the achievement gap at elementary schools, but didn’t take the opportunity.

“We’ve been trying to get the board to understand that elementary teachers are having too much of their time drawn away from one-on-one interaction with students,” said Union President Fran Brock in a written statement. “And now, for more than three years, they still won’t budge.”

Teachers had planned to strike Wednesday, but the union said members agreed to hold off because a former federal mediator invited both sides and the mayor to meet.

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