The rally is in response to the Board of Education’s recent vote to privatize the cafeteria program.
The rally started in the rear parking lot of the BOE’s administration building on Church Street. Protesters circled the building and heckled a few board members as they arrived. The peaceful yet powerful protest caught the attention of local residents asking what they could do to help.
Bristol Police provided a handful of officers to monitor the protest. Officers on hand could not recall the last time they knew of a protest so large in Bristol.
Along with Fortier, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and Calvin Brown were on hand to offer their support. All three were elected to the City Council on Tuesday.
The union feels they have been forced to take legal action against the BOE to save public jobs. They said outsourcing cafeteria operations is illegal and in violation of state and federal laws.
The final results will be decided through arbitration.