Teachers To Picket at Framingham Common Today
Massachusetts Teachers Association tells Framingham "We are with you 110 percent in your fight for a fair contract."
With another mediation session scheduled for tomorrow, March 7, the members of the Framingham Teachers Association are scheduled to picket along the Framingham Centre Common today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
As of Monday, some members of the Association have been without a contract for 185 days and others for almost 250 days.
Hundreds of Association members and a handful of students attend the rally. Also in attendance was Tim Sullivan, the vice president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
Sullivan told those assembled "I'm here today to tell you - the teachers and education professionals of the Framingham Teachers Association - that we are with you 110 percent in your fight for a fair contract."
"The 110,000 members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association stand with you in your struggle to keep class size low and giving your students - the children of Framingham - the knowledge and skills they need to make it in the world," said Sullivan. "We get it! This struggle is about so much more than finances. This is a philosophical struggle about values and the importance of public education. The members of the Framingham School Committee need to recognize the value that each and every one of you bring to the classroom and schools each and every day."
At the rally, Sullivan offered the Framingham Teachers Association a bus to travel to Beacon Hill to lobby for more state funds for education. That bus leaves from Shoppers World Tuesday, March 12 at 3 p.m.
Sullivan told those assembled for the rally "NEA members across the nation stand with you in your fight for great public education. Stay strong and united!"
"We are with you every step of the way. And we are going to continue fighting because students' future depends on it," said Sullivan. "These kids get just one chance at an education and we are not going to short-change them - or any of you. I comment you for the work you are doing every single day and I commit to you that I will remain with you every step until you get the fair contract that you and your students deserve. Keep fighting! There's too much at stake to give up now!"