Chicopee teachers paid after technical issue with payroll

Pay issue "not any type of retaliation" to protest

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  Hundreds of teachers in Chicopee woke up with no paycheck Friday morning.

Teachers in Chicopee have been staging a passive protest, because their contract expired in July. That’s why when teachers’ pay hadn’t been deposited in their accounts this morning, some people found it suspicious.

Chicopee City Treasurer Marie LaFlamme told 22News the lack of pay has absolutely nothing to do with the ongoing teachers’  “Work To Rule” protest, but instead a glitch in the system.

She also said all school department employees were affected, not just teachers.

Chicopee students protesting lack of contract for teachers

She said her entire office went into work early Friday morning to correct the issue and make sure teachers were paid by this afternoon.

“The city would never ever do something like that,” LaFlamme said.”There was never any intention, it’s like the perfect storm, things are happening on the school level, we’re happening. I can’t pick the time, but it absolutely had nothing to do with their negotiations.”

LaFlamme said her office and the bank are the only ones with access to the electronic transfers.  Chuck Clark, the President of the Chicopee Education Association said he too believes the issue was just a coincidence, and had nothing to do with their negotiations with the city.

The treasurer’s office runs payroll for city employees and the school department on separate weeks– so the school department is the only one affected by the glitch.

The teachers have since gotten paid.