BANGOR- After working most of the school year without a contract, Bangor’s Education Association and the school committee have reached an agreement.
On Wednesday night, the school committee ratified the new contract, but it hasn’t been an easy process.
After months at the negotiation table, teachers now have a new contract through May of 2022.
“We obtained some personal business leave language we were really working for,” Cyndy Fish, the BEA’s chief negotiator, told us. “We were also working for a salary increase that would support some of the increases that have been in some other contracts around this area.”
After coming to a dead end earlier this year, the groups turned to a mediator.
“The committee was pleased lines of communication were opened and a tentative agreement were put forth to both sides,” said Dr. Betsy Webb, Bangor School Superintendent.
In the end, everyone seemed to agree the new contract was fair and affordable.
“I’m pleased we have a contract,” Fish exclaimed. “I think that improves morale and I hope the petition and message we had to send to the school community will linger for the next three years and things will get better.”
Next time contracts are up for negotiations, teachers said they hope to somehow incorporate a better work-life balance.