Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bethel Park District Considers Teachers' Offer

The Bethel Park Federation of Teachers has offered to end its 4 week strike and return to the classrooms Monday if the district renews the contract that expired in June.... with an addition. The union has proposed extending the old contract for up to 3 years, but with $2,300 annual pay hikes for the teachers. In a statement union president Diann Smith said the teachers are "eager and ready to return to their classrooms once an extension is ratified by both sides."
On its web site, the district said it's reviewing the offer. However, the district said the $2,300 dollar annual increase is more that the district offered during negotiations and "the district does not believe this is a good faith gesture on the federation's part."
If there is no agreement,talks will resume Monday.

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