BREWER – In March, the Bangor Education Association tried to present a petition to the school committee, but were told they couldn’t by the committee’s chairperson.
“We’re looking to restore the balance of work life, family life, the expectations of the job, because Bangor teachers always give 100%.” Heather Bendure, the president of the BEA said.
According to Bendure teachers have been working without a contract since September of 2018 and in negotiations since last May.
She says that leaves them with some uncertainty but that they are optimistic about negotiations.
“We are in the process of mediation and every time we meet, we are making steps to come to an agreement.” Bendure said.
On Monday night, Bendure and other members of the BEA spoke with the Eastern Maine Labor Council about the best way to get people involved.
Jack McKay, the president of EMLC said open dialogue plays an important role in these types of situations.
“If people talk about issues that matter for them, they are able to help create better solutions and our society runs better.” McKay said.
While Bendure says involvement has helped the BEA, it should serve as a reminder for anyone that is employed to be aware of what’s going on in their workplace.
“Know your contract, know what’s happening in the building your working in. Get involved and take part in as much conversation as you can.” she said.