NFT 'Disappointed' With Board's Responses
The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers is "disappointed" with the responses it received from the Neshaminy School Board about its latest proposal.
While the Neshaminy School Board was able to answer each of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers' 44 questions in regards to the board's latest proposal, the union was "disappointed" by the responses.
The school board proposed to use the Council Rock School District's contract in its entirety as a framework for ending the district's 5-year long contract impasse with the NFT in a prior negotiation session.
Then, the NFT presented the school board with 40 plus questions Wednesday night as "clarification on whether the proposal was intended as a framework for a new agreement tailored to Neshaminy’s needs, or a take-it-or-leave-it offer to be accepted or rejected without change."
However, NFT President Louise Boyd said that she is "deeply disappointed" that the board's responses were "so vague and unclear that they shed no light on most of our members’ key questions about this offer."
In addition, Boyd said that the answers from the board were "startlingly incomplete and ambiguous" and "failed to directly answer any questions."
However, school board President Ritchie Webb said that the school board "provided detailed, written answers with supporting documentation" to all of the NFT's questions.
"The board remains hopeful the rank and file will appreciate this latest offer of the Council Rock CBA as it provides our teachers with a generous contract, and its acceptance will spare our children from having to endure another possible strike," Webb stated.
During the Thursday night meeting, the school board again requested that union leaders allow their members to vote on the new proposal, to which there was no commitment, Webb said.
The next negotiation session is September 19.