Friday, February 22, 2013
'The union committed to make a hypothetical proposal through the State Mediator in order to try and avoid outsourcing,' Chief Negotiator Jeffrey Sultanik said.
Friday, February 22
From the Pennsbury School District: On the evening of February 21, 2013, the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board, Jeffrey Sultanik, met with representatives of the District’s support staff union, the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA), to continue negotiations toward reaching a settlement on a new contract. The 600+ employees in PESPA have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June, 2011. The last negotiation session held between the two parties occurred on January 30th. Prior to the latest negotiation session, Mr. Sultanik had shared the cost savings reflected in proposals submitted by outside vendors for subcontracting the services of five employee groups. These included …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Union officials met with Pennsbury School District officials last week to discuss contract negotiations.
Monday, February 4
From the Pennsbury School District: On the evening of January 30, 2013, the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board met with representatives of the District’s support staff union, the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA). The 600+ employees in PESPA have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June, 2011. The last negotiation session held between the two parties occurred on November 28, 2012. According to Chief Negotiator, Jeffrey Sultanik, the session had a “positive tone” and was spent mostly going over language proposals by both parties. “Working collaboratively, we arrived at approximately 22 tentative agreements on contract language,” he said. “The majority of the remaining contract…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The negotiation session between the Pennsbury School District and the teachers' union lasted two hours.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
From the Pennsbury School District: “A frank, animated session,” is how the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board described his most recent meeting with negotiators for the Pennsbury Education Association (PEA). They faced each other in a two-hour meeting on the evening of Tuesday, December 18 in the Fallsington Administration Building. “They were as clear as can be,” said Jeffrey T. Sultanik, the Board’s Chief Negotiator. “They want the Board to raise taxes to fund their new contract. That is the essence of our impasse.” He added, “I know of no board in the region that would allow that to happen.” The PEA did not present a revised proposal at the meeting. “Despite the fact that the Board had agreed to update its contract …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Pennsbury board negotiator and PESPA representatives met to renew contract talks.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
From the Pennsbury School District: On the evening of November 28, 2012, the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board met with representatives of the District’s support staff union, the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA). The 600+ employees in PESPA have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June, 2011. This was the first negotiation session scheduled since November, 2011. Chief Negotiator, Jeffrey Sultanik, described the session as “business-like and serious.” During the meeting, the District presented the costing results of two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for outsourcing services in Pennsbury. A proposal from the apparent low bidder for transportation services reflected …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The chief negotiator said, "some progress in defining our differences."
From the Pennsbury School District: In a 75-minute session, the chief negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board met face-to-face with negotiators for the Pennsbury Education Association (PEA) on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 27, 2012. “We continued our discussion on the Memoranda of Understanding associated with the contract and made some progress in defining our differences,” said Jeffrey Sultanik, the chief negotiator. “However, I was disappointed that the association did not have a proposal ready, as previously stated. In fact, they are now requesting salary information from the 2010-2011 school year, which leads me to believe that the association is trying to frame a retroactive salary demand that we expect we will see at the next…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Officials from the district and teachers association met on Monday.
Representatives for the Pennsbury School Board of Directors and the Pennsbury Education Association met Monday to discuss several issues. The afternoon face-to-face meeting between school board representatives and the district’s teachers association was “cordial and professional,” Jeffrey Sultanik, the board’s chief negotiator, said via press release. Monday's meeting was the third in recent weeks after a nearly a year and a half break in talks between the district and PEA. Both sides used the 80-minute-long meeting to review the language of various Memoranda of Understanding. The board’s representative presented an updated “salary snapshot.” The snapshot detailed the total salaries for the 803 teachers for the 2012-13 school year. Salary…
Friday, July 6, 2012
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 …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
With an agreement reached, the archdiocese says the new contact will improve educational excellence.
Today is back to business as usual for the 17 high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that were closed since last week due to a teacher's strike. All the teachers returned to the classroom after coming to an agreement with the diocese regarding stalled contract negotiations Monday. "Our teachers could not be happier to head back into the classrooms," Rita Schwartz, president of Local 1776, the teacher's union, said in a press release. "We've been waiting a long time for this day and we are relieved that it is finally here." Monday's membership meeting, where the teacher's voted on the tentative agreement, lasted two hours and outlined the agreement in detail, the release continued, adding that included language regarding job …
Monday, September 19, 2011
A newly formed organization of Catholic high school parents had scheduled a rally to protest the impasse Monday night but it has been canceled following an agreement between the union and the diocese.
With an agreement reached, the 6 p.m. rally organized by Catholic Parents Respond, is canceled. "The 1,293 members of CPR are greatly relieved by today's settlement agreement," a release from the ad hoc organization stated. "Both parents and students are grateful to both sides that they finally understood the sense of urgency to end this impasse and get our children back to school." The statement goes on to say that the parents believe they were influential in Monday's settlement. "We know both sides are well aware of our efforts, our considerable membership numbers and our call to withhold tuition payments until the kids were back in school," it continued, adding that it is refraining from commenting on the terms of the agreement becuase …
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the teacher's union have reached a tentative agreement, a joint statement from the teacher's union and the archdiocese stated.
After nearly two weeks of striking, it seems the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Local 1776, the union representing the more than 700 Catholic high school teachers, have reached a tentative agreement, a representative from the union stated. Details of the new contract have not been released. Major sticking points of the impasse have included union member's fear of decreased job security and the Archdiocese's push for necessary changes that they believe will increase the diocese's competitiveness. All 17 Catholic high schools have been closed since last week and Catholic Parents Respond, an ad hoc organization of parents that was formed last week, scheduled a rally Monday evening to protest the impasse. According to a release from CPR, …