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Stop demonizing unions, and put yourself in teachers’ shoes

Your Aug. 30 editorial “Dispute with teachers shows need for ways to fix impasses,” regarding contract talks between the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union, describes the impasse that had been reached as “a sad way to begin a new school year.” I couldn’t agree more.

At a time when teachers are already preparing their classrooms (before the start of the school year and on their own, unpaid time, and with supplies they have to buy with their own money), it must be discouraging for teachers to have to shoulder the blame for the impasse in negotiations.

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