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Merrimack Valley

August 18, 2013

Lawrence schools to start this week

Classes begin this Wednesday under second year of state receivership

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The 1,100-member union is also concerned about losing its collective bargaining rights — which is at the heart of the unfair labor practices filed against Riley, according to McLaughlin. He said teachers have been working without a contract for three years and are seeking a new collective bargaining agreement — not one “unilaterally imposed” by Riley.

“The union does agree that extended learning will have a significant impact on student achievement,” McLaughlin said.

“Where we have a disagreement is on the compensation. We’re not looking for meager pay for extended learning time. We want a cap on teacher hours and want to be paid fairly,” he said.

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