The first day of school is canceled in North Kingstown because of labor strikes. There is a dispute going on with the union that represents 150 of the school system's workers, which has been without a contract for more than two years. With recent changes in benefits and the outsourcing of custodial services, they plan to strike today.
Parents told us on our ABC 6 Facebook page they received an email and a phone call from Superintendent Phil Auger that said:
Dr. Phil Auger, Superintendent of North Kingstown Public Schools explains, "Because of a decision of the NK Educational Support Professionals to strike, school will be closed on Tuesday, August 28. This will include all before and after school programs. I will continue to keep you posted with up-to-date information as this issue develops."
Parents told us some high school students were already on the buses headed to school when they got word of the cancellation. Another parent said they were already waiting at the bus stop when they found out.
The School Committee and superintendent will appear in Washington District Court in Wakefield Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in an effort to make union workers return to work.