Teachers are in year two of the three-year contract that ends in July 2023.
Among teachers’ complaints are district requirements for instructors to earn “micro-credentials” as part of their employment.
MTA Spokeswoman Susie Lane also criticized Middletown leadership in a released statement as demonstrating “a definite pattern of disrespect and condescension.”
“MTA has been negotiating with the board of education for months and no resolution is in sight. A whole host of issues remain unresolved,” said Lane, who declined to reveal those issues beyond complaints against the micro-credentials.
MTA President Laurie Woods said teachers want more of a voice in the schools, said MTA President Laurie Woods.
Woods, who teaches at Amanda Elementary, said the union wants to “re-emphasize the desire of MTA to be included, involved and asked to participate in discussions, event and activities that impact our work, the district and our community.”
MTA officials said the union, which next meets in talks with the district on Friday, has no plans to ask its members to authorize a strike vote.
After the short press conference and teacher rally, many of the school employees then walked into the high school and packed the Middletown Board of Education meeting, re-reading their statement from the press conference.
Middletown district officials said of the on-going labor talks: “The Board of Education is in negotiations with the Middletown Teachers Association (MTA). The board remains committed to the process of securing an agreement acceptable to all parties.”
But school officials also declined to reveal the contested portions being addressed in the re-opened contract negotiations.
During the board meeting, member Todd Moore said “it’s been an emotional evening with where we are at in negotiations. I do hope some type of agreement can be negotiated in good faith moving forward.”