NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The president of the Providence Teachers Union is urging members to skip a back-to-school ceremony amid an impasse in contract talks.

WPRI-TV reports that union President Maribeth Calabro-Reynolds sent an email to members on Sunday, asking them to avoid a convocation on Monday for teachers and administrators to kick off the school year.

School begins on Wednesday. Union officials say they don't expect the contract disputes to disrupt the school year.

The teachers' contract expires on Aug. 31. Calabro-Reynolds says the union and city officials have been negotiating for nine months, and undisclosed issues are holding up an agreement.

Calabro-Reynolds is urging her colleagues to use Monday to prepare for the start of school instead of attending the convocation.


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