Teachers Union Accuses Boston School Department of Unfair Labor Practices in Contract Dispute

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Boston Teachers Union announced today that it has filed unfair labor practice charges against the School Department, in the latest barb thrown in the increasingly hostile talks over a new contract.

The union is protesting a move earlier this month by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who asked the state Department of Labor Relations to step up its oversight of the more than two years of talks, requesting that the agency conduct an investigation and recommend a resolution to end the stalemate.

Richard Stutman, the teachers union president, criticized Menino’s move because it would shift state oversight away from a process known as mediation — in which the state agency merely attempts to foster talks without making recommendations — before it had a chance to fully run its course.

Instead, he said the School Department has attempted to thwart mediation by refusing to meet face to face, by providing the mediator with false information, and by ignoring tentative agreements. The union filed its charges with the state Friday.

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