1/10/08

Big teachers union issues strike threat

Downingtown, PA teachers say if they do not have a tentative contract by Jan. 28 they will go on strike. President Lisa Anderson of the 850-member Downingtown Area Education Association gave a copy of the strike notification to the school board at its Wednesday night meeting.

Board President Robert Eldredge says the nearly 12,000-student district seeks a settlement in the best interest of taxpayers as well as teachers.

The teachers have been working without a contract since Sept. 3. School board and union negotiators last met on Dec. 13, and have not reached an agreement on wages. Union spokesman Paul Gottlieb says the board's proposed pay increases are "minimal." The board says union wage requests would require use of reserve funds. Talks are scheduled again on Tuesday.

(pennlive.com)

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