Schools, Education Support Unit Reach Tentative Contract

Haverhill Education Association (HEA) President Lisa R. Begley.

A tentative contract agreement is said to have been reached between the Haverhill School Committee and the education support personnel (ESP) unit of the union representing Haverhill school teachers.

Details were not immediately available but, according to the Haverhill Education Association (HEA), the agreement will be presented to ESP unit members during an informational meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the library at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St. A ratification vote by the ESP unit is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at the HEA office, 800 Broadway, Suite 3. In addition to teachers and ESP, the HEA also represents clerical workers in the Haverhill schools.

“The Clerical Unit continues to negotiate a new contract,” a statement reads. “The HEA asks that you continue to express your support for these members as negotiations continue.”

Last Sept. 30, as WHAV reported, HEA teachers ratified a four-year contract, retroactive to July 1, 2014, following months-long, at times contentious, negotiations and public appeal campaign by the union, including informational demonstrations at city hall and several schools.