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.”

This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest details.

(Copyright (c) 2024 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox