Aug 10, 2015 9:31 PM

Hundreds rally for Manchester teacher contracts after mayor's veto

MANCHESTER - City Hall was a sea of red inside and out as hundreds of Manchester teachers took their message to the streets.

Last week, the Board of Alderman approved their contract 7-3, only to be overturned by the mayor.

Mayor Ted Gatsas defends his veto as a move to stay within the tax cap, citing a report by the city finance chair that points to $700,000 deficits in the second and third years of the contract.

Ben Dick is outgoing president of the Manchester Education Association.

He calls it a tough blow to the teachers who are going on three years without a contract.

Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston suggested her contract be tabled. She told the School Committee she will not take a raise or negotiate her contract until the teachers have a contract.

The mayor’s ruling will stand, but it has hundreds of teachers looking ahead to the election.


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