After months of stalled negotiations, the Cambridge Public School District and Cambridge Education Association have agreed to a contract for teachers, assistant principals, deans and curriculum coordinators. The roughly 1,100 educators in units A and B were working under a one-year contract that ended Aug. 31.
Aid expected to fix a CHA budget gap of millions, but patient reluctance and staff shortages persist
The pandemic is still pummeling Cambridge Health Alliance financially, with patients again afraid to seek care during the current surge, and persistent staff shortages lengthening the wait for patients who do want help. Adding to the problems: assaults by teenage psychiatric patients, and monthslong delays in opening psychiatric units.
Cantabrigians, like their counterparts throughout the nation, expressed ambivalence to the workers in their midst in the wake of Chicago’s violent Haymarket Affair and the trial of the so-called “Chicago Eight.” Over the next three decades, workers tried to ease tensions while advocating for better conditions.
Teachers and administrators have been offered an effective salary increase way under current levels of inflation, be evaluated based on test scores and are being asked to take on bigger class sizes and give up consultation on transfers. They’re even being asked to accept assignments as bus and sidewalk and cafeteria monitors.
Public meetings this week look at approvals and timelines for the next set of bike lanes and a study of their business impacts, a 400-foot tower for Kendall Square that would be the city’s tallest, a pause on office and lab development around Alewife, a possible guaranteed income program for the city’s poorest and much more.