Mount Vernon teachers demand contract negotiations with ‘We mean business’ walk-in protest

Teachers’ “Walk-in” Rally Highlights Demands for New Contract in Mount Vernon School District

Teachers at Hamilton Elementary School in Mount Vernon gathered together for a “walk-in” rally today before the start of the school day. The event was part of a citywide effort by teachers to negotiate a new contract.

As they stood outside, the educators received support from passing drivers and highlighted their contributions to students every day. Thalia Langley, vice president of the Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers K-8, emphasized the importance of recognizing their hard work and dedication.

Union officials disclosed that negotiations have been ongoing for approximately two years, causing frustration among educators due to slow progress. It has been three years since Mount Vernon teachers last received a raise.

With talks set to resume on Monday, teachers aimed to show solidarity and called on acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith to become more involved in the negotiations. Langley emphasized the seriousness of the situation, stating, “We hope the superintendent and the board will know that we mean business, and we hope they mean business as well.”

The rally was intended to resonate during the next session and emphasize the importance of fair and timely agreements for teachers in the Mount Vernon school district.

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