‘Everyone is tired, we want to go back to work’, Haverhill teachers strike goes into fourth day

HAVERHILL – There is hope for a breakthrough in the negotiations as the Haverhill teachers’ strike ushered in a fourth day on Thursday.

The union and the school committee are continuing to negotiate a new contract. The union said there is a tentative agreement on money, but there is still no agreement on student safety.

The union is violating a court order by continuing to strike. An Essex Supreme Court judge ordered the Haverhill Education Association to pay a $50,000 fine on Wednesday, while the Massachusetts Teachers Association faces a $250,000 fine. If the strike continues, another $10,000 per day will be added.

Haverhill High School counselor Sarah Gauvin said both sides are exhausted.

“They were tired. We are also tired. The parents of our children who are at home are tired. Everyone is tired. We want to go back to work,” she told WBZ-TV on Thursday. “I have to hope this ends today.”

Students will have to make up for missed days at the end of the year or may be taken out of school holidays, depending on how long the strike lasts.

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