The Westford Education Association overwhelmingly voted not to ratify the proposed tentative agreement for a new contract by more than a two to one margin.
The membership has spoken, and rejected the agreement reached after fourteen months of bargaining that culminated in a seven-hour mediation session.
Clearly, the teachers are sending a message that previously agreed to step increases should be honored while a new contract is being negotiated. That is the customary practice in Massachusetts and is required by law.
In light of this vote, the WEA will reinstate the prohibited practice charge we filed seeking to require the district to honor the salary schedule.
Bargaining will also have to resume. Whatever the outcome, Westford's teachers will continue to provide our students with an excellent education.
Westford Education Association Bargaining Negotiations Lead/Vice President