RISD says it offered contract to Teamsters Local 251

Rhode Island School of Design workers are seen on strike. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island School of Design said it offered a contract to Teamsters Local 251 that’s “very much in line” with what they’re seeking.

“Today, RISD met with Teamster union leadership to continue yesterday’s conversation and had a very productive meeting,” Jaime Marland, a spokesperson for the RISD, said Thursday in an email. “We presented a proposal that is very much in line with what the bargaining unit has expressed would be a fair and reasonable resolution to this negotiation.”

Marland said the school will meet with Teamsters — the union representing movers, custodians, and groundskeepers — next week.

This week, RISD faculty, staff, and students joined the workers on strikewho have been on an open-ended strike since April 3.

Teamsters Local 251 said that most recently, RISD ignored a proposed contract from last month.

So far, there’s no end date for the strike.

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