More than 120 Hamilton teachers gather outside the district office
Organized by the Hamilton Teachers’ Union, which represents more than 700 instructors in the city’s public schools, the rally was a show of solidarity over labor contract issues, union officials said.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the two sides released a joint statement: “The (union) and Education Council bargaining teams met on June 22 for most of the working day. to discuss the terms of a successor employment contract”.
“Progress has been made in reaching an agreement; however, additional time will be required. The parties plan to meet again before the start of the school year in a good faith attempt to reach an agreement,” wrote officials representing teachers and the school board.
The city’s school system, with 9,000 students, is one of the largest in Butler County.
Hamilton police officers at the scene told the Journal-News there were no illegal behavior or criminal incidents by teachers outside of the Hamilton Schools Central Office.
The teachers’ current two-year contract ends in August, union officials said.
“We need time to plan during the school day,” said Kathy Christen, teacher and union spokesperson.
“The current school board proposal does not allow us to have the time we had,” Christen said, adding that the academic delay experienced by many students during school years disrupted by COVID-19 forces teachers to devote more time for classes and other planning.
Union officials’ social media posts ahead of the rally also referred to proposed contract changes that would require teachers – including those who work with students with special needs – to occasionally replace substitute teachers in other classrooms. .
Union leaders said they were satisfied with the turnout at the rally.
“We’re looking for a fair and just contract and that’s really everyone’s here,” Christen said.
The next meeting of the Hamilton Board of Education is scheduled for June 30.