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Pottsgrove District, Teachers Resume Labor Negotiations

POTTSTOWN PA – Labor contract negotiations have resumed between the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors and the Pottsgrove Education Association, the union representing school district teachers.

Neiffer, at last Tuesday's meeting

A bargaining session was held during January, and others are scheduled for this month and during March, board President Michael Neiffer announced last Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2012) during the final minutes of the directors’ meeting at Pottsgrove Middle School. It is not known if talks were held before January as well.

That employers and employees are meeting again represents a change in light of the teachers’ turn-out at a board meeting last September, at which they complained the district had delayed discussions after union members agreed to a one-year wage freeze valued at $515,000. The wage freeze was a major factor in helping Pottsgrove minimize its tax increase for the 2011-2012 school year.

Dozens of teachers gathered to face directors in September, coincidentally also at the middle school, and voice their dissatisfaction over last summer’s lack of activity in negotiations. Neiffer at the time said the district was unwilling to talk separately about economic and non-economic issues, and anticipated talks would not be re-opened until the start of the new year.

Teachers at the time privately said the union considered bringing unfair labor practice charges against the district.

In his announcement last week, Neiffer offered no characterization of the negotiations or either side’s proposals. “We’re just continuing to meet,” he said.


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