Talking, Not Walking, To Compromise

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Burlington Free Press

Mar 9, 1:00 AM

How South Burlington averted a teachers' strike

For months, they didn’t agree. Then, somehow, they did. A marathon negotiation session between South Burlington teachers and the city School Board on Monday produced a three-year tentative labor agreement and averted a possible strike that would have shut down five public schools and idled 2,400 students today. With teachers set to hold a ratification votefollowing school this afternoon, and with a School Board ratification vote scheduled for March 16, it’s worth pondering how the union and School Board teams arrived at compromise during a seven-hour session at the Holiday Inn as record snowdrifts snarled traffic, shuttered schools and immobilized much of Vermont.

Tags: school boards, teachers unions

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