On the (Non) Deal: Teachers Union Releases Statement on CBA Progress

Despite a long negotiation on January 25, there is still no deal between Phoenixville Area School District and its teachers union.

After a nearly four hour negotiation on January 25 that involved the exchange of a pair of proposals but ended, like all those that came before it, with no new contract, the Phoenixville Area Education Association released a statement earlier this week explaining their end of things, The Mercury is reporting.

“The PAEA (Phoenixville Area Education Association) was unable to respond with a counter offer at Wednesday’s negotiating session.” the statement read. “Although both sides made movement on several issues, it was insufficient for the PAEA negotiating team to develop a counter offer.”

The meeting ended without the sides agreeing on a future negotiation date.

Previous reporting on the CBA negotiations:

  • PASD School Board: Teachers Union Balked at New CBA Offer
  • The New CBA That Wasn't: Fact Finder's PASD Recommendations Released
  • Phoenixville School Board Rejects Fact-Finders' CBA Recommendation
  • Update: Fact-Finder Appointed in Teacher's CBA Dispute
  • Mediator in Teachers' Contract Dispute Could Be Appointed Soon
harry finster January 30, 2013 at 04:27 PM
why dont they just say: the greedy union and the incompetent school board couldnt resolve anything so the kids and parents lose as they have been for the last fourty years
KEN STEPNOWSKI February 01, 2013 at 02:08 PM
KEN STEPNOWSKI February 01, 2013 at 02:21 PM
so when do the educated union teachers , and all other union members realize that no one can afford union labor in a global economy, all of us have had to sacrifice to make ends meet, but some of us think that this does not apply to us because we went to college , joined the union and all would be good, wake up , were bankrupt!!!
KEN STEPNOWSKI February 01, 2013 at 02:36 PM
all of us in this country are trying to keep our homes, i only wish that taxing home owners wasn't the only way to fund the school system, good teachers are great and our children deserve the best, but this does not help people who work so hard to keep a roof over there kids heads and do the right thing.
DJ2 February 03, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I don't know, Ken. But when are all the CEO's, CFO's, and other overpaid corporate executives of global conglomerates going to realize that a minimal increase in pay to the hard working "low level" (clumsy term) workers will have a negligible effect on their wallets yet lead to a dramatic effect on the overall economy. Instead, they lash out at people like me for saying that claiming I'm communist, socialist, and against the American dream instead of looking in the mirror and realizing they are selfish and arrogant. They follow that up with lies and poor statistics from Fox News or MSNBC (both sides are equally to blame). I'm not sure why an executive can't survive on, say, $9 million a year versus $10 million...seems to me that would make for a poor executive. Perhaps if those companies didn't demand tax incentives to build in an area and paid what the common man pays we might not have as many problems, either. Instead, politicians are in bed with the companies while you and I get screwed over and are then forced to blame teachers for our tax increase. Maybe our governor could tax the gas like Texas taxes oil and we wouldn't have the problem, either. But instead, let's blame teachers.
KEN STEPNOWSKI February 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM
i don't want to blame the teachers, they deserve alot more than we pay them, i want the best teachers at any cost , they will be teaching our future citizens, doctors,lawyers,and yes the common man, my point was that we must find another way to fund the school system instead of the current method, ceo , cfo these people have nothing to do with our schools and could care less,people work their whole lives and hope to retire in their homes, and less and less of us are enjoying this because of the way the system is funded that was my point.
DJ2 February 03, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Those people have everything to do with our school system. The fact that you don't think so shows you how they have been able to warp our perceptions for some time now. Take this example...a large pharmaceutical company is looking to build in the area. They demand a much lower tax rate than what an average home owner pays. They threaten to build elsewhere if they don't get it. Forget the fact that they probably won't build elsewhere because that would put them further away from major cities, highways, and other resources (think future employees at major universities). Forget that the next school district on the list of potential build sites could also reject their lower tax demands. The local politicians cave and give the company the lower tax rate. People move to the area and drastically increase the number of students that attend the schools. Within a few years, the company demands to be re-assessed and they win. The school district now owes them money! Now you have local people taking on the increased tax burden because of a large company's demands and the inability of local politicians to stand up to them instead of jumping in bed with them. Think this happens? Oh...it does. Again...a great way to ease our tax burden would be to tax the gas companies exploiting the Shale. Texas was able to get back $2.6 BILLION in taxes from oil and gas taxes in 2011. The line of BS from our governor claiming they won't drill is a lie. Texas has taxed for years and companies still drill
Joe Smith February 15, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Teachers may go to college, but for basically a trade school type of education. They are overpaid for what amounts to a part time job. OK, some take work home with them. Guess what, we all do. So, if you don't like the pay, which is already pretty good, get a job elsewhere and quit crying poor. By the way......school choice and vouchers can rid us all of this Phoenixville Extortion Association.


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