Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 11, 2013

AHS teacher's firing overturned

School officials weigh appeal as Meagher mulls her future


“The administration’s silence on the issue,” where no warning against abstention votes was given to teachers after Meagher’s email was distributed, also factored into the employment relations board’s decision to support restoring Meagher at AHS.

Addressing the “administration’s silence on the issue,” the board also wrote that it “has consistently held that when an employer fails to establish, communicate and/or enforce rules governing the duties employees are obligated to perform, employees or union who withhold or urge or condone the withholding of those services have not engaged in an illegal work stoppage.”

HOW WE GOT HERE: Timeline of events

:DECEMBER 2001: Meagher hired to teach English at Andover High

AUGUST 2010: Teachers contract expires, setting off bargaining for successor contract

JANUARY 2012: Teachers launch work-to-rule action

MARCH 2012: Tentative agreement reached; work-to-rule ends. Deal later falls apart.

JUNE 10, 2012: Meagher loses election in bid for union president. Three days later, she sends email calling for abstention votes on June 21.

JUNE 21, 2012: Self-study documents pass without issue.

JUNE 26, 2012: Teachers ratify new contract. On the same day, McGrath writes letter announcing intent to fire Meagher, placing her on paid leave and scheduling a hearing.

SEPT. 7, 2012: Schools hold hearing into Meagher’s termination.

SEPT. 14, 2012: McGrath finalizes decision to terminate Meagher effective Sept. 17.

OCT. 5, 2012: Andover Education Association files grievance charge against School Committee.

JUNE 4-5, 2013: Commonwealth Employment Relations Board holds hearing to investigate grievance charge

JULY 2, 2013: Employment Relations Board rules in favor of Meagher, orders reinstatement

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