Dedham Schools And Striking Teachers Reach Tentative Contract

Dedham teacher strike

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DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A tentative contract was reached Sunday between Dedham Schools and the Dedham Education Association—the union representing striking teachers.

The tentative deal was reached around 3:30 p.m., according to Dedham Public Schools Superintendent Mike Welch.

School is set to resume on Monday.

"I want to thank all of the members of the Dedham Education Association who showed such unity and such resolve," Dedham Education Assocation President Tim Dwyer said at a press conference. "The only reason we're here today with a fair contract resolution is because of the solidarity shown by our members."

Welch would not reveal details of the settlement, pending a vote to ratify it.

"I'm excited to welcome our teachers back to our classrooms. We love our teachers. They are extremely hard working," Welch said. "Throughout this entire difficult process, our teachers have never wavered in the classroom. It is has not impacted the education of our students. And I'm very proud and pleased to hear and see the efforts that they've made moving forward."

Dwyer said he expects the tentative contract will be ratified on Monday afternoon.

Classes were cancelled on Friday as teachers walked out after having gone more than a year without a contract. That missed day will be made up at the end of the school year.

Teachers had voted to walk out on Thursday, calling for better pay. It was Massachusetts' first teacher's strike in 12 years.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports

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