Burlington School Board votes to implement employment policy
Posted September 16
BURLINGTON, Vt. — After failing to find common ground while bargaining with the district's teachers, the Burlington School Board approved a resolution to adopt a one-year employment policy.
By voting for the resolution on Thursday night, the school board will implement the policy instead of continuing contract negotiations with the teachers' union for the current fiscal year.
Compensation for teachers on the new salary grid outlined in the policy average 3.2 percent higher than the previous fiscal year.
A statement released by the board says residents will see that they've made significant concessions. But the Burlington Education Association says the board has chosen "division, chaos and confrontation" instead of collaborating with the union to reach a contract agreement.
The teachers' union says leaders are weighing options that include a potential strike.