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Despite Wednesday Meeting, No Progress on Phoenixville Teachers CBA

At the Jan. 23 meeting, the union made a contract proposal, before the district countered with a proposal of its own that the union rejected.

Despite a nearly four hour meeting earlier this week during which two separate contract proposals were advanced, the teachers union and the Phoenixville Area School District were unable to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to district spokeswoman Sandra Claus.

Negotiation teams representing the Phoenixville Area Education Association and the district met on January 23 from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The PAEA began with a contract proposal, which the district considered during a recess, then countered with a proposal of their own. The teachers union rejected this counter-proposal, then declined to set a date for future negotiations.

The school district’s offer can be viewed here. A comparison of the positions, authored by the district, can be viewed here.

Below is a press release from PASD outlining the situation. 

The Phoenixville Area School District Board of School Directors has been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the Phoenixville Area Education Association since January 2010.  As we committed to you, the Board will be providing regular public updates as the negotiations process continues.

The parties met on January 23, 2013, from 6:00 pm until about 9:45 p.m.  In addition to the two negotiating teams, the session was attended by Mr. William Gross, Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation, who has been working with the parties during this collective bargaining process since September.

At Wednesday evening’s session, the PAEA presented a Counter Proposal to the District.  Following a caucus, the District responded with its own Counter Proposal.  In the District’s opinion, this Counter Proposal represented significant movement on the part of the District, further reinforcing the Board’s desire to reach a settlement with PAEA.  The District’s complete Counter Proposal has been posted on the District Website under the “Negotiations” tab.  For your reference and review, we have also posted a detailed comparison of the parties’ most recent offers on the PASD website: www.pasd.com

Following the presentation of the District’s Counter Proposal to the PAEA, the parties caucused.  The District provided Director Gross with five potential bargaining dates in February.  The District was then informed by Director Gross that the PAEA rejected the District’s Counter Offer and would not discuss dates for future bargaining sessions.

It is the District’s hope that the PAEA will agree to return to the bargaining table and continue to work with us to resolve this contract situation in the near future.

We will continue to keep you apprised of all developments in this matter as they happen, and will continue to work hard to achieve a fair settlement.

Joe Smith January 26, 2013 at 02:08 PM
We need vouchers now...........It will put the Phoenixville Area EXTORTION Association and the Government Schools, which have failed society, out of business.........The teachers are usless in todays world anyway
Abby January 26, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I hope you don't home school your kids....
kbw January 26, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I don't know where you get your facts but they are ignorant and uninformed at best. My oldest that graduated from PAHS, is in the Honors College at a very well respected university. I found the most teachers to be dedicated, supportive, chalanging and genuinel deevoted to the students. It is citizens like you, Joe Smith, that are useless in todays world.
harry finster January 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM
why not pay teachers the average salary of the average phoenixville citizen / adjusted by age ?
Joan Welliver January 26, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Hey kbw, WOW, Joe Smith cannot have a comment here without you jumping down his throat. I don't care about you're daughter graduating from PAHS, because I along with thousands of others have graduated from PAHS. And yes the teachers are good and dedicated but it seems they always want more money and better ins. also. Let me tell you something Missy, both Andre Thornton and Mike Piazza left PAHS with a diploma and became great baseball players. I find you to be ignorant and uninformed at best, and I'm sure no one cares about your daughter. I find you to be a stuck up person who has no feelings for anyone. The one thing you need and don't have is CLASS!
Joan Welliver January 26, 2013 at 09:05 PM
kbw, Identify yourself. Sign your name. You are so totally brutal Mr. Smith, I want you to be that brutal with me. For you to say It is citizens like you, Joe Smith, that are useless in today's world.omg. You must have a high opinion of yourself, nut like I said, you have no CLASS!
kbw January 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Joan I do have CLASS, i will not participate in a debate when your point is to support the author ot the statement "teachers are useless in todays society". I do not care support a forum where respondant want to spit out their opinions, and hail the "ignorant haters" Have a good day Joan and Joe, you deserve each other.
Joe Smith January 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM
It is my opinion, so if you all don't like it you attack my character? I just happen to not like the union and all their strikes over the years. For you new people in town, two of them started in Sept and ended at Christmas, over money( which makes them greedy) They got their pay salaries over extortion, not performance. I also don't believe the public(government) schools reinforce the values most reasonable parents teach to their kids. This is probably because of court cases. Therefore, I am for vouchers. It is the only way we can eliminate the teachers extortion association, and open other schools which don' have to follow the government "value system" And yes, most of the teachers are not fit to be teachers. They have no values. They are overeducated, that's all. So.....go after my character for expressing my opinion. It just proves how stupid you are.
Monty Burns January 27, 2013 at 05:52 PM
You're right, its unfair to attack your character. Taking character out of it, your opinion is still pretty ignorant and over generalized.
harry finster January 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM
govt employees are known to be unmanageable due to political considerations and strong union representation teachers are no exception

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