BANGOR – Wednesday’s school committee meeting proved to be an upset for the Bangor Education Association.
Members of the Bangor Education Association said they were hopeful going into tonight’s meeting.
Their president, Heather Bendure, said they were there to present a petition they had written. The petition was signed by 249 faculty and staff members of the Bangor School District.
Bendure said the petition is a collection of requests from teachers they hoped the committee would consider during contract negotiations.
Some of the things requested in the petition are adequate pay and more of a work life balance, but the conversation did not go as hoped.
The school committee refused to hear comment on the petition since it could be a potential violation of the collective bargaining law.
Bendure said they did not want to negotiate during the committee meeting and only wanted to discuss what was in the petition.
During the meeting, Chairperson, Susan Hawes, said “I understand, but it makes reference about the negotiating process and how they feel, so we are not going to be able to put this, you can bring it to negotiation.”
After the comment, those supporting the Bangor Education Association left the school committee meeting.
“We’re going to look at the positives of things and reflect on the things we might be able to change for the next time.” Cyndy Fish, BEA’s Chief Negotiator, said. “We’re always going to go into every session we go into with ‘this could be the session we could ratify a contract.””
Bendure said they have private mediated negotiation meetings scheduled with the school committee next week.