In Lawrence, Job Cuts Loom Over Teachers' Union Standoff

In the city of Lawrence, job cuts loom as an impasse continues in negotiations between the teachers' union and the school committee.

Lawrence Teachers' Union President Frank McLaughlin says the union has been trying to offer concessions on health care and tuition reimbursement in an effort to save jobs.

"We brought all of these thing to the table yesterday. We wanted to talk about them, we had them and the school committee wouldn't even look at them," McLaughlin said.

School Committee member Frank Bonet says those concessions would not have solved long-term problems.

"Those proposals that they provided were never concrete, permanent solutions," Bonet said.

Bonet said the schools have no plans to come back to the bargaining table.

This program aired on August 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.