Re “Mass. academics asserting proper to strike” (Web page A1, Jan. 4): Proposed laws to carry strike bans for educators and another public workers might virtually be known as the “Tewksbury Act”. Final 12 months, our union managed to safe a contract that created respectable working and academic circumstances for academics and college students. The Tewksbury Lecturers Affiliation noticed negotiations drag on for over six months and we continued to work beneath an expired contract.
Our proposals weren’t outrageous, but the district management on the time ignored us. Whilst greater than 200 educators and supporters packed a faculty committee assembly to demand an finish to the deadlock, they handled us with indifference and disrespect. However after we set the date for the strike vote, attitudes modified. The college board had no doubts about our determination – we gave them no motive to – and our deliberate strike vote grew to become a contract ratification vote as an alternative. We gained the working and academic circumstances that our academics and college students deserve.
Altering Massachusetts regulation to permit public workers to strike after six months of excellent religion bargaining might stop strikes as a result of employers can be extra prone to take unions severely in bargaining.
The author is president of the Tewksbury Lecturers Affiliation.