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Teachers Protest Lack of Contract Outside Board Meeting

Gloucester Township Public Schools teachers have been without a contract since July 1.

Roughly 100 Gloucester Township Public Schools (GTPS) teachers picketed outside of the district's Erial Road administration building Monday night prior to the GTPS Board of Education's reorganization meeting.

The teachers have been working without a new contract since their last deal with the district expired June 30, 2012.

"The members wanted to make sure the board knows we want a contract," Gloucester Township Education Association President Angel McDermott said.

Many of the teachers who showed up to protest the lack of a contract were carrying signs that read, "Settle a fair contract."

The teachers' union wants to resume contract talks with the board and could have a presence at the board's next meeting later this month, McDermott said. 

GTEA represents about 625 teachers in Gloucester Township's 11 public schools—eight K-5 schools and three middle schools.

McDermott indicated she did not intend to discuss the contract impasse with the board during it reorganization meeting Monday night.

The GTPS board's next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Ann A. Mullen Middle School.

Darren Gladden January 12, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Getting me in Office ...Just saying ;-)
Darren Gladden January 12, 2013 at 03:53 AM
These peeps in this town ...NEED TO just hand over there keys and understand TIME is passing them BYE ....Now say good Night http://youtu.be/_JAa3NvP6f4 Hey O care to get in da ring ........I am Stone Cold ....YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Mel January 12, 2013 at 01:53 PM
So StopComplaining, please answer me this question: if you do not live here, work here, or have any connection to Gloucester Township how do you have such intimate knowledge of our schools? And if you don't even live in this county, why do you post? If you are a registered Republican as you clam, aren't there Democrats in your county you can comment about instead of defending them here? StopComplaining, it is time you StoppedLying and were homest with the people of Gloucester Township on who is ordering you defend them and where you got your insider information. Anon is still waiting for you to answer his or her challenge to provide documented facts.
sdt January 12, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I quess we are at a stale mate Mel. It was Anon who said it was public record and true, so I have asked him to produce the figures. All anyone has to do is OPRA the info and get the true facts. All I can say is that I don't lie, so I know what I put in print is 100% accurate, unlike some others who post.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 12, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Stalemate on what? Nice try StopComplaining but people are asking for themselves and disgusted with what they find out. For someone who proclaims to be such an outsider you really have all the answers. We are not going away, we want people to ask their own questions and we want people to come to their own conclusions on the corrupt nature of the GT BOE.

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