After a court battle and a protest, students in North Kingstown will start the new school year tomorrow.
The North Kingstown School Committee and the superintendent, Dr. Phil Auger went to court to try to order union workers back to their jobs after they went on strike. The judge ordered the support staff in the union back to work while labor talks continue between the school department and the union.
The first day of school had to be canceled due to a dispute going on with the union that
represents 150 of the school system's workers. That union has been without a
contract for more than two years. Workers went on strike today due to recent changes in benefits and
the outsourcing of custodial services.
Parents told us on our ABC 6 Facebook page they received an email and a
phone call from Superintendent Phil Auger that said: "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.