Subcommittee optimistic talks will resume with Manchester teachers union
The district and the Manchester Education Association, its largest union, reached an impasse in June over a new contract. Three of the district’s five bargaining units did agree to new contracts that increased health care premiums to 15 to 20 percent (depending on the plan), and gave employees raises of approximately 2 percent in each of the next two years.
Ward 10 school board member John Avard, who chairs the board’s negotiations subcommittee, said he was hopeful that the two sides would sit down again. “There’s always a possibility to come back to the table. I don’t think either side wants to be done. Each side from the beginning wanted to come to a fair and equitable solution for everybody,” he said.
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