The teachers' union voted by a wide margin to accept a new 5-year contract that new needs final approval from the East Providence Budget Commission.
The East Providence teachers’ union has ratified a new 5-year contract by a wide margin. The pact now goes before the Budget Commission for final approval tomorrow. The vote last Friday by the East Providence Education Association was 224-42, said Valerie Lawson, president of the union, according to a story in the East Providence Post. "It moves us in the right direction," said Lawson on Wednesday. "It will be nice to have some financial stability for a change." Lawson said the union leadership recommended ratification of the agreement. The fact that 84 percent of the membership approved the agreement demonstrates the support for it, she said, even though the pact does nothing immediately to elevate the East Providence teachers as the …
The East Providence Education Association signs off a new agreement that runs through Dec. 31; contract negotiations continue for next year's pact.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The East Providence teachers’ union has signed off on a so-called “gap” contract agreement with the Budget Commission that covers a time period up until Dec. 31, according to a story in the East Providence Post. The union and the commission are still bargaining on an agreement that goes beyond the end of this year, according to the East Providence Education Association’s president, Valerie Lawson. The “gap” agreement was ratified by an approximate 3-1 margin by teachers, Lawson said. The vote ratified a memorandum of agreement dated Dec. 10. The agreement is expected to save the city quite a bit of money for health care costs, according to the Post story. Some teachers who once were denied coverage now have access. The requirements for …