Tentative contract to be voted on by Nashua teachers next weekBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 21. 2018 8:46PM
NASHUA — Five months after teacher contracts expired, a tentative agreement has been reached by negotiating teams for the school board and the Nashua Teachers’ Union.
The proposed bargaining agreement will now be considered by the members of the NTU on Jan. 29.
“I am pleased to bring a tentative, four-year agreement to the union membership for their approval,” Adam Marcoux, president of the NTU, said in a statement. “I look forward to its passage.” Both groups returned to the bargaining table last week. The union contract for city teachers, which impacts about 1,400 educators, expired at the end of August 2017.
A negotiation session took place Tuesday, and another occurred on Thursday when the tentative agreement was reached.
According to a release, the agreement addresses placement on salary schedule and step schedule issues that arose during years when steps were frozen.
“This is something we can both live with,” said Gloria Timmons, Nashua Board of Education member and negotiating team member. “Our teachers are valued, and we are pleased that we were able to make progress and come to a sound tentative agreement.”
If the union’s membership approves the proposed contract, the bargaining agreement will then be considered by the Board of Aldermen and the mayor.
The NTU rejected a different tentative agreement with school officials last September — believed to be the first time in history that a tentative contract was denied by city educators.
Negotiations began in January 2017, followed by one month of mediation and the declaration of an impasse in May. Although the union thought it was about to settle a new, multi-year agreement in mid-June, that agreement did not take place. A different agreement was rejected in September, and now, a new agreement is once again on the table.
“I am filled with elation that the contract is settled, and I want to thank BOE members and union representatives for their support of our teachers,” Superintendent Jahmal Mosley said in a statement released this past weekend. “This is a first step to bringing peace to the school district.”