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NFT 'Deeply Disappointed' by Thursday Negotiations

No significant progress was made, both sides reported.

Both the Neshaminy teachers' union and school board reported no significant progress was made during last night's negotiations.

Below is the statement by the Neshaminy School Board after negotiations ended:

Tom Jennings, the NFT chief negotiator, was not present for the second straight meeting.  Both sides met face to face for approximately  20 minutes before adjourning to separate rooms. The NFT presented their new proposal which was identical to their November 1, 2011 proposal which includes 80% retro pay, retirement perks/incentives, and a healthcare contribution rate equal to 8% of the current premium.  

Disappointed by the absence of any changes in their latest offer, Board President Ritchie Webb asked the NFT, via the mediator, to consider the recently settled Souderton Teacher's contract in its entirety.  Webb noted that Souderton is an excellent district which consistently ranks among the top scores in the state.  The NFT did not indicate if they would consider Mr. Webb's request, however they did ask for a copy of the Souderton Contract.

The Board Negotiation Team requested four additional negotiation dates in the month of August. After some discussion, the specific dates offered by the Board were August 8, 15, 29 and 30.  This is in addition to the four meeting dates already scheduled for July (July 10, 18, 26, 30).

The NFT will respond as to the offered dates at the next bargaining session on July 10, 2012.

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers released the following statement:

The Board moved backwards. Last week the parties reached agreement on 11 previously disputed contractual provisions and reached agreement in principle on a 12th provision. The District requested clarifying language from the Federation regarding that 12th item.

Unfortunately, after the Federation provided further explanation during tonight's session on that last item, the District reneged on its prior agreement on the other 11 items and took the position of all or nothing. The Federation is deeply disappointed that the District has chosen to walk away from the first significant progress the parties have made in years. The District’s conduct is clearly in bad faith and the Federation plans to take appropriate legal action.

Francine Stone July 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
With so many companies downsizing and reducing salaries I don't understand why Neshaminy teachers are once again protesting they will have to pay for their healthcare. Who doesn't these days? Before I has laid off after 12 years for a family of 5 I was paying $600.00 plus a month to only have to reach a $1,000.00 individual deductible or/and a family deductible of $5,000.00. I get so tied hearing them whine. Fire them all and let young people who actually want to work for fair wages and pay their healthcare expense like the rest of us. Why do we allow this?
Richard July 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
NSB please never, ever give in. This Boyd & the NFT not only continues to show their greed, now they are exuding their ignorance. I truly wish the NSB could declare bankruptcy, get rid of NFT, issue a fair, realistic contract to all the new hires

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