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Update: Fact-Finder Appointed in Teacher's CBA Dispute

The mediator will provide a non-binding recommendation. If PASD and the teacher's union both accept it, a new CBA will be signed.

Editor's note: the following release was provided by the Phoenixville Area School District. 

The Phoenixville Area School District Board of School Directors (“PASD” or “District”) has been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (“contract”) with the Phoenixville Area Education Association (“PAEA”) for the past 30 months. On August 24, 2012, the District filed a request with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (“PLRB”) to appoint a Fact Finder to help the parties reach agreement on a new contract. Yesterday, the PLRB granted the District’s request and appointed a Fact Finder.

Pursuant to the PLRB’s directive, a state mediator met with both parties on Monday evening for several hours in an attempt to secure a settlement. Although both groups worked diligently toward resolution, because differences remained between the two sides, the state mediator recommended to the PLRB that it approve the District’s request for Fact Finding.

The contract under which the parties are currently operating expired on June 30, 2010. Since that time, and until a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized, the parties must continue to abide by the terms and conditions of the expired contract. Under Pennsylvania law, this is called status quo.

Here is some information about the Fact Finding process:

  • Both sides must submit a summary of issues in dispute to the Fact Finder within five days
  • The Fact Finder will conduct a hearing no later than mid-October and will take oral and written testimony from both parties
  • During this process, if the parties so choose, negotiations may continue
  • If a new agreement is not reached in the interim, the Fact Finder will make non-binding recommendations and send a written report to both parties within 40 days of the Fact Finder’s appointment
  • Each party must either accept (in whole) or reject (in whole) the Fact Finder’s recommendations within ten (10) days of the report being issued
  • If either party rejects the recommendations, the report is made public
  • Between 5 and 10 days after the publication of the report, the parties shall again inform the PLRB and each other whether or not they will accept the recommendations
  • If either party rejects the recommendations, the negotiations process continues

The District will continue to keep you apprised of developments in this process.

Joe Smith September 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
why not givr them a pay cut? reasons------------- The rest of the world is getting pay cuts They are lazy slugs Their college degree isnt't even worthy of being a degree. They take mostly basic classes. Nothing advanced. It should be considered a trade school. The government schools and government teachers should be shut down. Most of them do not care anyway. Bring on vouchers.
Deb Johnston September 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Do you have children attending school in PASD? Do you know what you are talking about? I have 2 high school seniors, between them they are taking 6 AP classes, their very knowledgeable teachers work hard presenting this advanced material to their students. Dr. Parkinson has worked to make PAHS a terrific high school with a dedicated staff interested in the learning and success of the students. The best investment for the future of this community and this country is the education of our children.
Josh Gould September 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Joe - of course you are entitled to your opinion, but I don't agree with your statements. I am one of the school board members who has been at the negotiating table with the teachers and it has been a long and complex negotiation, but I absolutely still respect the abilities of the teachers and of all of the staff at PASD.
Michele Sinnott September 22, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It is small-mindedness like that of Mr. Smith that tells me the lack of alue he places on life-long learning. When was the last time he took a class to better himself and/or open his mind? I,too, have had three children go through the school system and am impressed with the rigor of the curriculum and the knowledge and concern of the teachers. The product of education is our children. Not an inanimate object. There is no price you can put on that. Obviously someone did not have a good educational experience in his youth.
Michele Sinnott September 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Should have been "value" in that sentence. My apologies for the typo.
James Smith September 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I'm interested to find out what the fact-finder's recommendations are. Does anyone know if the details will be made public?
DJ2 September 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The rest of the world is getting pay cuts? Really? Between that statement, your spelling, and your grammar, I think the only thing that should be shut down is your computer.

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