- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The Warwick Teachers’ Union is protesting the forthcoming termination of 65 public school teachers in Rhode Island’s second-largest city, which the union says is a contract violation.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/23IrAzW ) the names of the laid off educators were read aloud during the School Committee’s meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent Philip Thornton says the affected teachers, which mostly work at the middle- and high-school levels, will finish the school year and leave in June.

George Landrie, president of the teachers’ union, called the layoffs the darkest moment in Warwick Public Schools history.

Under the union’s expired contract, which it is currently working under, just 20 educators can be laid off in a given year. With this in mind, Landrie says he’s taken his dispute to the state’s labor relations board.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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