Teachers strike illegal, union set to defy judge

A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that a strike by teachers in East Greenwich is illegal and granted the school district's request for a restraining order against the union.

The superintendent told NBC 10 that classes would be held Friday. Judge Jeffrey Lanphear said if teachers do not obey the order to go back to class, he would see them in court. "Public employees cannot strike. The court must move promptly and strongly to ensure that the law is followed," Lanphear said.

The walkout entered its third day Thursday.

The two sides met Wednesday night but no settlement was reached. The next negotiation session is scheduled for Sept. 14.

It was determined that after 100 hours of negotiations that the two sides were still so far apart, they needed a cooling-off period before they could resume negotiations.


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