Woonsocket Teacher's Union Denies "Sick-Out" Charges

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  Unionized teachers in Woonsocket are denying they arranged a "sick-out" on Friday.  The Woonsocket Education Department cancelled classes due to an excessive number of scheduled teacher and staff absences - nearly 200 teachers and staff members called out - amid an ongoing contract dispute between the city and the Woonsocket Teacher's Guild.  A statement from a union official said she could only speculate why so many call-outs occurred, and said this year has been very taxing for every public school teacher and paraprofessional in the city.

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