4/19/10

WH OK's rash of labor strikes

Fundamental transformation of U.S. demands civil unrest
About 1,000 teachers in North Penn School District are out on strike this morning after weekend contract negotiations failed to produce a new labor agreement.

The school district announced the cancellation of classes for the districts' 12,700 students yesterday after seven hours of bargaining. The session was scheduled after the school board rejected a nonbinding arbitration agreement.

A spokesman for the teachers' union, North Penn Education Association, said arbitrators recommended a five-year contract with no salary increase the first year and raises of 2.5 percent to 2.85 percent in each of the next four years.

The union approved the plan, but the school board rejected it after determining it would increase the budget by a total of 17.3 percent.
(from mcall.com)

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