For several months, Washington Teachers Union Local 6 has been in negotiations with the District for a new contract. Yesterday, teachers rallied on Freedom Plaza to express their frustration with ending the school year without securing a contract. “Our contract team is made up of classroom teachers who sit at the table day and night negotiating on behalf of our members in addition to their responsibilities as classroom teachers,” said WTU Local 6 president Jacqueline Pogue-Lyons (top right, with mic) at the noontime rally. WTU made it clear they are not just fighting for their members but all DCPS employees and students. “We want safe and healthy working conditions which ultimately are learning conditions for students and all workers,” Pogue-Lyons said. “But one thing we better know that the future holds for us is unity, not just as this teacher's union, but unity with everyone that works in the school building.” “Whenever you all are in a fight, we are in a fight,” promised Metropolitan Washington Labor Council president Dyana Forester (bottom left, with mic). “And at the end of the day, I believe you will get the contract you deserve."
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