US Dedham Teachers Hit Picket Lines In First Mass. Teachers Strike In 12 Years
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Mutual frustration was on display between the Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's camp late Thursday as the sides remain far apart on a contract deal on the first day of a teachers strike. While the union said progress was made, it wasn't enough to keep classes from being canceled for a second day Friday.
DEDHAM (CBS) – Defying an order from the state, Dedham teachers went on strike Friday morning in the first teachers’ strike in Massachusetts in 12 years.
Educators hit the picket lines at the high school and other schools in town around sunrise, forcing Dedham to close schools for the day.
The Dedham Educators Associationby a vote of 258-2 Thursday afternoon. They’ve been working without a contract for more than a year now. A major sticking point in negotiations is language preventing sexual harassment.
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The Chicago teachers strike entered its second day Friday.Negotiations between teachers and the city's school district are still underway, and while there appeared to be some progress, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said they're not close to reaching a deal.
It’s against the law for teachers to strike in Massachusetts. Before the Dedham teachers walked out, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations issued an order not to strike.
“We know that it’s disruptive, and they know that it’s disruptive, but they know that it’s important and that our work environment is their learning environment,” said Dedham Education Association President Tim Dwyer.
The last teacher strike in Massachusetts was back in 2007 in Quincy. Teachers were on the picket line for five days. At one point, a judge ordered them back to work because they were breaking the law. When the Quincy teachers refused, the union was fined daily.
“It is illegal, it’s not criminal, and we spend a lot of time teaching our students to stand up for ourselves and stand up for what’s right, and our members decided that it was time for us to stand up for what we feel is right,” Dedham Educators Association member Rachel Dudley told WBZ-TV.
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Monday was the third day without classes in Chicago public schools, with picket lines remaining up around the city as union officials reported some progress during weekend talks. Teachers and support staff were out in front of Chicago schools again Monday morning after staying out of school starting Thursday. The strike has sent about 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff to pickets line and kept about 300,000 students out of class and extracurricular activities, although school buildings staffed by principals and non-striking staff have been open for child care and meals.
Superintendent Michael Welch said they’re ready to return to negotiations.
“Our very first priority is to get our students back in school we are so very proud of our school district and hard-working men and women who work together everyday to educate our children,” he told reporters.
The teachers got some national attention Friday morning when Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted his support for them.
Right now there is a movement of workers across the country who are taking back their power at a scale we have not seen in recent memory. I stand with educators in Dedham, Massachusetts. This takes courage.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)
Sanders said their strike “takes courage.”
Massachusetts Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Kennedy also, visiting some of the teachers in Dedham at a rally.
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Dedham Teachers Hit Picket Lines In First Mass. Teachers Strike In 12 Years
WBZ TV's Nick Giovanni reports.