NASHUA, NH September 6, 2017 – The General Membership of the Nashua Teachers’ Union met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the lack of contracts for teachers and para- educators. The para-educators contract expired on June 30th while the teachers’ contract expired on September 1st. Both negotiating teams have been waiting for a response from the Board of Education since late June.
“The lack of productive communication from the Board over the summer is problematic,” said Adam Marcoux, President of the Nashua Teachers Union. Marcoux went on to say, “I have tried numerous times to engage in talks to move this process forward for both teachers and para-educators only to be met with responses stating why the Board could not meet or with no response at all. The silence is deafening.”
For the third straight contract, teachers are starting the school year without a contract. For para-educators, this is the second straight contract those employees are starting without a contract. “We are trying to come to agreements that are fair and equitable to our teachers and para-educators while understanding the budgetary impact on the school district and the City,” said Marcoux. “However, that is difficult to accomplish when requests to meet go unanswered.”
The Nashua Teachers’ Union General Membership overwhelmingly approved the following actions:
- Effective immediately, all members are asked discontinue membership on all district committees.
- Effective immediately, all members are asked discontinue membership on all school committees that are not contractual obligations.
Members should continue to attend scheduled faculty meetings, Early Release meetings, and NEASC meetings (high school). New teachers should continue to attend new teacher cohorts.
The Nashua Teachers’ Union General Membership also overwhelmingly approve the following actions, effective September 18, 2017, if there is not a tentative agreement reached at the next session of negotiations:
- Effective September 18, 2017, all members are asked to discontinue advising any club or organization for which they do not receive a stipend
- Effective September 18, 2017, all members are asked to cancel and not schedule any field trips
- Effective September 18, 2017, all members are asked to discontinue writing letters of recommendation for higher education
- Effective September 18, 2017, all members are asked to “Work to Your Contract” – follow the contract
— Come to work at the start of the pupil day (15 minutes before the pupil day starts; traditionally the first bell)
— Leave work 10 minutes after the pupil day
— Complete all work related to your job (grading, planning, etc.) during your planning time
These actions will remain in place until such time that a new collective bargaining agreement is reached between the Nashua Teachers’ Union and the Board of Education for the members of Unit A – Teachers and the members of Unit B – Para-Educators, and until such agreements are ratified by the Nashua Board of Aldermen and signed off on by the Mayor, or these actions are discontinued by authorization of the Nashua Teachers’ Union General Membership.
“I am hopeful that when we meet on September 13th, we will be able to reach a tentative agreement that I can bring forward to the membership. Our teachers and para-educators will continue to come to school every day to provide the best education to the students of the Nashua School District,” Marcoux said.