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All those involved happy as contract disputes come to an end

California parents are hopping on the back-to-school bandwagon along with thousands of other parents in the nation. Contract disputes between faculty and administrators in another state nearly continued into the start of the upcoming year. Thankfully, the situation has come to a peaceful end with all involved reportedly satisfied with the outcome.

The situation involved teachers who worked throughout the 2016-2017 school year with no contract. They've been arguing with administrators over certain core issues and until now, were unable to achieve an agreeable solution to their contract problems. Administrators didn't seem to want to budge where time off for religious holidays and family leaves are concerned. These were but two of several other key factors impeding a new agreement.

After 18 months of fighting, sometimes publicly, the teachers' union and school officials have forged a brand new three-year contract. A school committee chairman said everyone is relieved that the contract-related problems will not pose a hindrance to the start of a new school year. Another facet of the new deal that many seem happy with is the fact that it's retroactive to July 1, 2016.

Undoubtedly, experienced representation played a crucial role in obtaining a long-awaited outcome to the contract disputes that had raged for so long. Many California residents who have successfully overcome similar problems in the past understand how important securing experienced legal assistance can be in such circumstances. In this particular instance, many parents will likely be glad to know that all their school shopping was not in vain as there will indeed still be teachers behind the desks at their children's school.

Source: lowellsun.com, "Chelmsford, teachers agree to new contract", Alana Melanson, Aug. 16, 2017

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