Monday, April 22, 2013
Football coach Bill Furlong would, reportedly, be affected.
The ongoing contract dispute between the Phoenixville Area School District and its teachers union took place on a bigger stage than usual on Thursday. According to The Mercury, tensions were high in the high school auditorium, as over 100 educators wore black PASD shirts to the school board meeting to protest the district’s proposal to reduce seven currently full-time teaching positions to part-time. The paper is reporting that the change would affect physical education and foreign language teachers at the high school and middle school. These teachers would keep their benefits, but lose a portion of their salary. Phantom football coach Bill Furlong would, reportedly, be one of the teachers impacted. While union representatives said the …
Friday, February 15, 2013
A new negotiating date for PASD and the union has been set. It's not clear if representatives from the Phoenixville Area Education Association will attend.
The long running CBA negotiations between the Phoenixville Area School District and its teachers union may resume on Feb. 26, as the district has accepted a meeting date recommended by a state mediator assigned to the case. It’s not clear if union representatives will attend. The teacher’s previous contract expired in June of 2010. Negotiations for a new deal began over three years ago. District representatives last met with the PAEA (Phoenixville Area Education Association) negotiating team on January 23. During the meeting the union made an initial proposal that was countered by the district, and ultimately rejected by the union. According to a statement PASD released to some members of the media, the differences between the two camps …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
By a 6-2 vote, the board passed on the advice of the independent mediator it requested.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Phoenixville Area School District and its teachers after the school board, by a 6-2 vote, rejected the recommendations of an independent mediator that was assigned to help end the ongoing CBA dispute. “The Board is not comfortable accepting the report and recommendations at this time,” board president Paul Slaninka said after the October 26 vote, according to a press release from the district. The board will now, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, hold a second vote on the recommendation sometime between November 6 and November 11. The public vote has not yet been scheduled. Frustrated by the pace of its negotiations with the Phoenixville Area Education Association—the union and the school board …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
At its September 18 meeting, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board will consider the district's request for a fact-finder.
In what could be viewed as a small step towards resolution in the school district's ongoing dispute with its teachers over the terms of a new CBA, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) has agreed to consider the district’s request it appoint a mediator to help settle the conflict. According to a release from the Phoenixville Area School District, the PLRB will mull the district's request at its September 18 meeting. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation, an agency that acts as a go-between for the district and the PLRB, told the district that it should meet with the union again before this meeting. The district indicated it would honor the request. If appointed, the fact-finder would have 40 days to take oral and written testimony …