Breaking News: East Providence Teachers Vote to Work-to-Rule
Further to a prior conversation thread, Anchor Rising does not specialize in scoops. But if someone – in this case, Will Ricci of the Ocean State Republican, with access to a telephone but not a computer – kindly offers one, this contributor at least will not refuse it.
East Providence teachers met this afternoon to determine a course of action in the absence of a contract. Will advises the upshot: teachers did not vote to authorize a strike but did vote to work-to-rule.
In Friday’s ProJo, Alisha Pina had more details about what led to the breaking off of negotiations Wednesday between the East Providence School Committee and the East Providence Education Association.
[School Committee member Anthony] Carcieri said the district needs $3 million in annual concessions from the teachers and suggested over the last two weeks of meetings that the union could get to that amount with minimum or no salary increases, health insurance cost contributions, and the elimination of a current contract provision that allows teachers to receive up to $5,100 if they choose not to take coverage under the school’s health-insurance plan.
The union’s counteroffer was about $1 million in annual concessions, Carcieri said. [Negotiator for the teachers’ union Jeanette] Woolley said Carcieri’s “math is wrong” and she didn’t want the specifics of their offer made public before the teachers are told.