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Teachers in Warwick, R.I. End Seven-Day Strike

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Teachers in Warwick, R.I., ended an illegal seven-day strike over the terms of a new contract last week, a few days after teachers in nearby Jamestown turned down a scheduled pay hike in an effort to head off cuts in school personnel and programs.

The strike by more than 1,100 teachers forced school to be called off for about 13,500 students when negotiations between union representatives and school administrators failed to produce a new contract before the old three-year contract expired. The school board had approved layoff notices for more than 50 teachers because of budget restrictions, declining enrollment, and the salary increases.

By contrast, Jamestown's 38 teachers will lose about $1,000 apiece in anticipated wage increases. Other employees also made wage concessions, which will save approximately $135,000 for the town's one school, according to school officials.

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