Southampton teachers voice concerns over ongoing contract negotiations

Hampshire County

Southampton teachers will be voicing their concerns about ongoing contract negotiations at the Southampton school committee meeting Wednesday night.

Contract negotiations began nine months ago and the teachers say the committee’s one-year contract offer is not enough to keep up with inflation and health insurance costs.

The Southampton Teachers Associations represents William E Norris School. Forty-eight teachers and other members of the school’s faculty. Their contract expired on August 31.

According to Diane Scott of the Southampton Teachers Association, they are currently working under that contract.

“The cost of living has increased about 2.8 percent,” said Scott. “We have had an increase in our insurance rates so, to not keep pace with the cost of living, it puts us further and further behind.”

The Southampton Teachers Association has filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge against the School Committee but is willing to work with them to settle the dispute.

Wednesday night’s meeting will take place at The William E. Norris School at 6 p.m.

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