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Baltimore Brew: BTU files grievance over days they say members worked in March

“The Baltimore Teachers Union filed a class-action grievance today against City Schools, following a disagreement over whether four days in March counted as work.

When schools closed in March due to the coronavirus, teachers had to set up online classrooms, make work packets and lesson plans, call their students’ families and otherwise make the transition to remote learning during a pandemic as easy as possible.

BTU believes those four days, March 16-19, should count toward the 190-day maximum allowed by contract. City Schools does not and added four days of professional development, meaning the last day of the school year for teachers was yesterday.

“Anything beyond June 17 is unpaid labor,” Baltimore Teachers Union President Diamonté Brown told The Brew. “Even our own school district leaders acknowledge that we were working.”

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