School districts deadlocked as Labor Day nears
By The Associated Press
Jul. 29, 2017
Several school districts appear deadlocked over wage negotiations as the school season nears.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2u7Hbhx ) that about 20 school districts have settled contracts while approximately 60 districts are at an impasse in negotiations.
Fact-finding doesn't take the place of negotiations but can be a way for both to reach a settlement.
Burlington and South Burlington school boards have rejected analysis from fact finders that have received support from some teachers unions.
A Burlington school board member said the analysis departed from economic realities while the teachers union said it provided a path toward settlement.
The Essex Westford school board and teachers' union declared an impasse Wednesday and agreed to work with a mediator. Also, Milton's school board and teachers' union have entered a fact finding process.