In Northampton, 175 Protest for Workers' Rights

On June 23, about 175 public school workers and their supporters attended a rally outside a meeting of the Northampton school board. They were protesting a decision by the board – also called the “school committee” -- to not raise the workers’ wages next year. Several of the workers spoke to the board to oppose the move, which amounts to a pay cut for the workers, when inflation is taken into account.

Fiore Grassetti is president of the Hampshire/Franklin Central Labor Council, a group of local unions. (Northampton is in Hampshire county; Greenfield is the biggest city in Franklin county.) He said, “The school committee is refusing to bargain with Northampton school employees. The committee is trying to bust the union.”

The Northampton teachers’ local union web site is
http://northampton.massteacher.org

Their national web site is www.nea.org

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