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Westbrook teachers rally again for new contract

Teachers in Westbrook rallied in red for the second time on Wednesday. (WGME)

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- Teachers in Westbrook rallied in red for the second time on Wednesday.

They are calling for a new contract with the district.

Teachers stood across from the high school, with people honking in support.

Last week, educators showed up to a school board meeting in red requesting a new contract.

School department employees have been without a contract for almost a year.

Since June 2017, school department employees say they’ve seen no change.

Teachers in Westbrook are stressing they're not asking for more money, but that they just want fair working conditions.

“We settled on money. It's all about working conditions. Working conditions, equal learning conditions. And we're standing up not for ourselves, we're standing up for the students that we care so much about. And it's not just teachers, it's all of the professionals in this building fighting for this. Our number one priority is ensuring our students get what they need,” Jared Ruthman, president of Westbrook Education Association, said.

While contract negotiations are in the fact finding stages, teachers say they're hopeful. The next session is set for June 8.

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