Judge bars teacher sick-outs in Rhode Island school district
Oct. 16, 2017
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A judge has ordered teachers in a Rhode Island school district not to hold any more sick-outs for the next 10 days.
Superior Court Judge Susan McGuirl issued a temporary restraining order Monday, the third day in two weeks that teachers at Warwick schools have staged what the district says are sick-outs amid ongoing contract negotiations.
A lawyer for the Warwick Teachers Union denied there have been any union-sanctioned sick-outs, telling the judge the union is not encouraging the action.
Three Warwick elementary schools closed Monday because so many teachers called in sick. A middle school was closed last Wednesday, and a high school was closed Oct. 6.
The superintendent asked the court to intervene, saying it amounts to an illegal work stoppage.
A hearing is scheduled Oct. 27.