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In CBA Stalemate with Teachers' Union, School Board Looks to Fact Finder

The Phoenixville Area Education Association called the move unnecessary.

Apparently the children filing into classrooms for the first day of school this morning aren’t the only ones in Phoenixville Area School District trying for a fresh start.

In an attempt to jostle the stalemate its been mired in with the local teachers’ union over the terms of a new CBA, the school board has moved to get an independent fact finder to review both groups’ proposals and make a recommendation, the district announced last week.

The board voted on August 24 to have the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board appoint the mediator. Within 40 days of this appointment, a recommendation will be issued.

Though the findings and the ultimate recommendation of the third party would be non-binding, according to The Mercury, the Phoenixville Area Education Association is fuming that such a move was made.

“The [Phoenixville Area Education Association] is very disappointed that the district chose this path. [The Phoenixville Area Education Association] believes that after 30 months of negotiations, we were within one bargaining session of settlement,” union spokesman Ruthann Waldie said in a release.

School board President Paul Slaninka acknowledged that discussions have been moving in the right direction, but told The Mercury that he thinks both parties would benefit from “one extra pair of eyes” on the dispute, which has been in negotiations for the last 30 months. The previous collective bargaining agreement expired in June of 2010.

“There has been movement on both sides in the last few months,” he said.

harry finster August 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM
DJ2 you sound like a leftest but intelligent you should move to a normal place and get away from all the phoenixville weirdo's then you would realize that it's all bull anyway and you could focus on bigger issues .
Gilligan August 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Corbett will get rid of all this leftist crap soon enough.
DJ2 August 31, 2012 at 01:57 AM
harry: That is actually a very nice compliment. Thank you. I suppose I am more leftist than most. I'd like to think that it's more of a hope that all people contribute in a positive way towards their community and society on general. I don't like free loaders any more than I like people who feel the need to step on others to make more money than they can possibly ever use. I find it interesting that the countries whose economies seem the strongest also seem to be the happiest. And to bring it back to this article- I think education is a strong part of that. Including the way it is viewed, implemented, valued, and respected by everyone involved in an individual's personal education. When I'm one of the leaders, I'll hire you for my administration to keep me in check.
DJ2 August 31, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Of course, Corbett could tax the shale and solve a lot of these problems and more. It might even fulfill the obligations to the pension system that the state and local school boards neglected and save all of us tax payers a lot of money in the next few years. Don't worry, Gilligan- I'm away for the weekend so you can have the last word if you want :) We'll talk again when the fact finding report comes back.
Tom Sunnergren September 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
We've got an update gang: http://phoenixville.patch.com/articles/cba-update-mediator-could-come-as-soon-as-september

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