Friday, January 18, 2002

Teachers display support for negotiators

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — Teachers unhappy with the slow progress of contract negotiations are wearing large white buttons with red letters reading, “Protect Fairfield's Future, Fairfield Classroom Teacher's Association.”

        Fairfield High School teacher and FCTA head Alexis Vafides said teachers began wearing the buttons Thursday and will continue to do so to show support of the group's negotiating team.

        Teachers received no pay raise this year and have been working under conditions of the previous contract, which expired Sept. 1.

        “The board of education should attempt to resolve this issue with the teachers so we can continue to concentrate on educating our children,” sixth-grade teacher Tim Adams said Thursday after a school board meeting.

        About 270 teachers wearing red shirts and buttons crowded into the community room and spilled into hallways and the lobby of Fairfield Senior High School, where the board of education was holding its business meeting Thursday. None of the teachers spoke at the meeting.

        “I think we're making progress,” said Robert Farrell,superintendent of the Fairfield Schools. “We're still negotiating with the teachers.”

        Ms. Vafides said teachers have not planned a job action.


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