NEWTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A judge on Friday increased the fines against the Newton Teachers Union to $100,000 per day beginning Monday if they don’t agree to a contract that would return students to the classrooms after two weeks at home.
The union and school committee reported good progress toward a deal on Friday but nothing official has been announced. Negotiators pulled an all-nighter and reported leaving the table at 6 a.m. without anything finalized.
The city says the illegal strike has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in court fees and compensatory services and is apparently trying to recoup some of those costs as part of a strict back to school agreement.
In a statement, the school committee said, “…it is our responsibility to determine how those costs will be paid.”
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