New contract for Burlington teachers still not finalized

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It's been two months since the Burlington teachers ended their strike and their master contract still hasn't been finalized.

The Burlington Education Association says teachers are frustrated that they are still working with a tentative agreement.

The district says it's trying to settle legal details, and that the biggest challenge is finding time for attorneys from both groups to meet.

The teachers admit that lawyers have been busy since there were many negotiations in Chittenden County this year.

Union President Fran Brock says teachers feel like their operations and protections are in limbo, adding that the district docked pay for the four-day strike. She tells us raises have not yet been implemented, but that pay will be retroactive.

The superintendent's office says it's working to get the contracts done as quickly as possible.