WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Unionized teachers in Westfield held signs in front of Abner Gibbs Elementary School Wednesday night, protesting the School Committee's offer to raise their salary by .5%.
The teachers' union is refusing to sign a new contract until the School Committee promises a 3% raise.
Until the salary issue is resolved, teachers will work to rule, meaning they'll do just what's required and nothing extra.
Westfield parents told 22News it's unfortunate that teachers are not holding after school activities, but they said teachers deserve a raise.
“I think it's sad because I think kids deserve to have a good education. They deserve a raise. They work hard trying to teach all the kids, and I think they deserve it,” said Gina Rabtour, a Westfield parent.
“Open house is volunteer time for us. We show up. We do what we have to do after school at night because we love the kids of Westfield,” said Lori Hovey of the Westfield Teachers Association.
Teachers will stand outside at open houses next week as well. The School Committee will meet again on October 7th, behind closed doors, to discuss the contracts.