1/5/08

Teachers union's groundless strike-complaint

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has dismissed an unfair labor practices charge filed by the Seneca Valley Education Association against the school district.

The charge was made last month after the district, where teachers were on strike for 24 days, scheduled the final day of classes for June 23. Teachers contended that violates Act 88, the law regulating collective bargaining, which requires teachers to return to the classroom in time for 180 days of instruction by June 15.

Labor board secretary Patricia Crawford wrote the union that it did not meet the requirements to substantiate the charge. Ms. Crawford also said the school district's revised calendar falls within the public employer's managerial prerogative and is not a violation of any law.

The association has 20 days to file an exception.

The district faces an unfair labor complaint filed by the union in late October, alleging the district threatened teachers with pay reductions if they went on strike. A hearing, which was postponed last month, has not been rescheduled.

(post-gazette.com)

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