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We have entered an important new phase of contract negotiations. As many of you know, WTU and DCPS recently agreed to seek the help of a mediator. I have met with the mediator, and your union and DCPS will soon be sitting down with the mediator to move negotiations forward as quickly as possible.
The WTU is committed to engaging in full-time contract negotiations in order to reach a settlement by December. DCPS has indicated that it shares this goal.
Bargaining can be a long and complicated process. The previous WTU administration had offered contract proposals that would have lowered professionalism and undercut the voice of teachers. So we rejected those proposals and drafted new ones that will strengthen and support our profession and our schools.
We have tried to involve as many of you as possible in the negotiations process, holding "contract action" forums at membership meetings where we've discussed various contract proposals. Our bargaining team has also met with groups of members, such as counselors, social workers, special education teachers and early childhood educators, to seek their input on contract language related to the work they do.
WTU is committed to representing every educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools