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 …
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…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Pennsbury school teachers have been working without a contract for two years.
In what Pennsbury School District’s Chief Negotiator, Jeffrey Sultanik, described as a “good meeting of the two sides,” the Pennsbury Education Association representatives came to the bargaining table for the first time in nearly a year and a half to renew negotiations with the Board. “We re-established communication and discussed the need for some updated data due to the passage of time,” said Sultanik. “Our economic assumptions have changed since we last met, and we agreed it would be vital to negotiations for revised financial projection models to be created.” Teacher’s salaries and benefits totaled more than $82 million for the 2010-11 school year. Projected costs through the 2013-14 school year were $84.5 million, with the school …
Friday, April 13, 2012
School district savings estimated at $700,000 in shift from cost-plus arrangement to self-funded health benefit plan.
Friday, April 13, 2012
The Pennsbury Board of School Directors, the Pennsbury Education Association, and the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association have agreed to structural changes in the administration of employee health benefits that will lead to a savings of approximately $700,000 for taxpayers in the district, according to a news release. The changes were approved by the board at the public meeting held on April 12. The move reduces the cost of administering the employee health benefit plans with no changes in coverage for members of PEA and PESPA. The employee groups each signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as an add-on to their existing contracts with the Board. The MOUs specifically reference a change from the previous "cost-…
Friday, May 20, 2011
Board member Howard Goldberg: It is now not possible to increase faculty compensation without sacrificing educational programs.
Lowering healthcare costs, offering an early retirement incentive for senior teachers and a new increased deductible medical plan were among the solutions offered during a presentation at the Pennsbury School Board meeting Thursday night. Board member Howard Goldberg led the presentation outlining the current financial state Pennsbury School District faces starting with the revenue challenges for the 2011-12 school year and beyond. Declining revenues were a cornerstone of the presentation. During the presentation Goldberg citied “Declining state funding – reduction in subsides, grants and reimbursements under proposed state budget could result in a $3.7 million revenue loss for Pennsbury.” Declining assessments, reduced investment interest…
Friday, April 22, 2011
State Mediator Expresses Concern In Structure Of Bargaining Session
A meeting between the Pennsbury School Board negotiating team and the Pennsbury Education Association was suspended in minutes after two board members showed up unannounced. The meeting was organized and led by state mediator John Cairns and took place Thursday evening in Fallsington. Officials said the suspension came after two Pennsbury Board members, neither of who were part of the negotiating team, showed up unannounced to the meeting. After consulting with the PEA and in less than 20 minutes, Cairns suspended the bargaining session based on his concern that the “structure of the bargaining session had been changed.” School board president and negotiating team member Gene Dolnick expressed his disappointment for the actions of his two …
Friday, January 21, 2011
PEA Members Pack Thursday's School Board Meeting
Pennsbury Education Association members poured into Fallsington Elementary School Thursday night asking school board members to "communicate" and move contract talks forward. The school’s multi-purpose room was so full monitors in the lobby area were set up so others who attended could watch the meeting. Union members wore pins that read, "Let’s talk," and the sea of gray shirts showed a sense of solidarity. "Despite what newspapers say, the bond between parents and teachers remain solid," a Fallsington Elementary School social worker said before presenting board members with a petition. Petitions from the schools within the district were presented to the board as speakers continued with the "Let’s talk" theme. John Bowen, who said he has …