Photo: The Belmont Education Association logo
Just past 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, teachers, staff and aides will head for the streets as the membership of the Belmont Education Association is set to march from Belmont High School, down Concord Avenue into Belmont Center and to the School Administration building next to Town Hall on Pleasant Street as the union calls for “fair agreements” in a contract that is currently being negotiated.
“After returning almost $6 million to the town over the past two years, the school district is now offering educators annual cost of living adjustments that are, on average, less than 2 percent, even though educators’ real wages are lower now than they were eight years ago. The district is also trying to save a nominal amount of money by shifting greater healthcare costs onto new employees, those who can least afford it,” said a press release from the union.
The BEA release said the union is proposing annual raises of three-to-four percent over the next four years. Currently, the district’s counter offer is:
- First year: 2 percent increase + $500
- Second year: 1.5 percent
- Third year: 1.75 percent
- Fourth year: 1.5 percent
The BEA is also calling for what they term adequate wages for support professionals, “the district’s lowest paid and most undervalued educators who also happen to be the ones working with our most vulnerable students.”
Commuters should expect delays along Concord Avenue from the high school to Pleasant Street from 3:20 p.m.