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Thursday, February 10, 2022

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BOSTON TEACHERS UNION ON KEY COVID-19 POLICIES

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BOSTON TEACHERS UNION ON KEY COVID-19 POLICIES
BOSTON - Thursday, February 10, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu announced today that the City had reached an agreement yesterday with the Boston Teachers Union, the City’s largest union, on key COVID-19 policies. The union ratified the agreement with 84% of members voting in favor of the agreement. The agreement is subject to the approval of the Boston School Committee.

“I’m grateful for the vast majority of our teachers who have already gotten vaccinated,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “This overwhelming ratification vote of a policy that has already boosted vaccination rates across our workforce and will ensure that all new hires must be vaccinated will help us prioritize a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.”

The signed MOA allows unvaccinated members to submit proof of two negative COVID-19 screening tests per week during periods of lower virus transmission, the specifics of which are outlined in the agreement. During periods of higher virus transmission, unvaccinated members will not be allowed in school buildings, but may use some accrued time as an alternative to being placed on unpaid administrative leave.

The union issued the following statement regarding the agreement:  

“We are glad to have reached an agreement with the district that will uplift the health and safety of our educators, students, and communities, while still being able to retain our educators who have chosen to remain unvaccinated. The agreement takes important steps to promote public health and to mitigate classroom staffing disruptions.”

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