Shrewsbury teachers protest in cold for contracts
By John Swinconeck, Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury – Despite frigid temperatures on Jan. 8, about a dozen Shrewsbury teachers protested downtown at the intersection of Main and Grafton streets over their lack of contract.
Teacher contracts expired last August, after negotiations failed to come up with an agreement, according to Sherwood School teacher and Co-President of the Shrewsbury Education Association Gary Chalmers. The Association has been in mediation since the fall.
“We’re just trying to let the public know,” Chalmers said. “Going through this process, it’s become clear to us that many in the town don’t even realize we’re working without a contract.”
Over the years teachers have been asked to do more work with less resources, with little financial compensation, which Chalmers said is a main point of contention. However, Chalmers said that the teachers would not strike.
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