Mayor Hopkins asks city council to review school contracts featuring raises
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Cranston Mayor Kenneth Hopkins called on the city council on Thursday to rethink two school employee contracts.
The City Council Finance Committee is scheduled to review the status of two contracts on Monday.
The contracts scheduled for hearing are for the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance Local 1704, ATF and the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance, Local 1704, AFT Paraprofessionals Unit.
“I am calling on the city council to send the contracts back to the School Committee with a strong message calling for further discussions and reductions. The contracts are just out of line with today’s economic climate and we cannot just keep piling raises on top of raises,” said mayor Hopkins.
Being a former teacher himself, the mayor is aware of the struggles that come with being an educator. However, he wants the committee to be more careful with giving out raises.
“I am a former teacher and I know the good work that they do each day in our classrooms, however, escalating contracts with guaranteed annual raises are not called for during the post-pandemic economic challenges of today.”
This request comes after the mayor announced he was eliminating a handful of city positions.