Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The NFT and Neshaminy School Board had a negotiation session previously scheduled for Tuesday night.
Prior to the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers going on strike for a second time this school year, the union and Neshaminy School Board were scheduled to negotiate terms of a new contract Tuesday night. Read more: Neshaminy Holds Public Interview for Superintendent Candidate However, school board President Ritchie Webb told Patch that the board will not be attending this meeting. He stated that state mediators John Cairns and William Gross were advised of the board's intentions and neither will be in attendance this evening either. In a NFT press release issued Monday, NFT President Louis Boyd stated that the union still planned on attending this meeting. "There will not be a further bargaining session until there is a mutually agreed date…
Monday, June 11, 2012
The striking Neshaminy teachers will return to classrooms this Wednesday.
The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers has annouced that their second strike of the school year has ended. Neshaminy students in kindergarten through 11th grade will report back to school Wednesday and their last day of school will be June 27. NFT spokesperson Bob Schiers told Patch that the teachers have ended the strike effective immediately. They offered to return to classrooms Tuesday, however the school district requested they wait until Wednesday in order to have enough time to notify parents. Read more: NSB Withdraws Contract Offer to Teachers School board President Ritchie Webb said that representatives from the school district and NFT sat before Judge Robert Baldi this morning in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas to hear the …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Neshaminy teachers must return to their classrooms by June 15 to finish the school year.
At Tuesday's Neshaminy School Board meeting, officials announced that striking Neshaminy teachers must return to their classrooms by June 15. The school board's labor attorney Charles Sweet stated that state law requires 180 days of instruction to be completed by June 29. He also said that students have completed 169 days of instruction thus far, so they have to complete 11 more. PHOTOS: Neshaminy School Board Meets, NFT Doesn't Show With that, teachers must return to work by June 15. Sweet said that he expects the state's Department of Education to file an injunction with the Bucks County Court to ensure schools open by that date. Also at the school board meeting, school board members announced that they might be able to save The Learning…
Due to threats, NFT members did not attend Tuesday's school board meeting.
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Neshaminy community members voiced their opinions of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and the second strike this year.
Members of the Neshaminy community turned out to Tuesday's Neshaminy School Board meeting to voice their opinions of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and the second strike of the school year. The NFT was noticably absent from the meeting. The union announced several hours before the meeting that leaders advised union members to not attend the meeting amid concerns about numerous acts of violence against teachers, including an alleged death threat targeting a teacher that was posted on Facebook this past weekend. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our newsletter
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers announced that they will not attend Tuesday's school board meeting due to threats and acts of violence.
Members of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers will not be in attendance at Tuesday's school board meeting due to threats and acts of violence. According to a NFT press release, NFT leaders announced that union members will not attend the school board meeting because of concerns about numerous acts of violence against teachers, including an alleged death threat targeting a teacher that was posted on Facebook this past weekend. PHOTOS: Neshaminy Teachers Hit the Picket Lines The death threat and numerous acts of violence including verbal threats, cars swerving at teachers on the picket line, and eggs and other items thrown from cars at picketing teachers, are being investigated by law enforcement officials, as stated in the press release…
Monday, June 4, 2012
For the second time in 2012, Neshaminy teachers hit the strike lines outside of schools in the district.
The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers hit the picket lines Monday, June 4 for the second time this school year. Patch will continue to cover all aspects of the strike as it happens. Click here for comprehensive and continued coverage of the Neshaminy Teachers' Strike.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Neshaminy School Board President addressed why the school board chose to not hold further talks with the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers this weekend.
The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, after Thursday night's failed negotiation session,have decided to go forward with a strike Monday, June 4. In the press release the NFT issued following the meeting, union President Louise Boyd stated that the impending strike could have been averted if the school board would have agreed to negotiate throughout the weekend. Read more: 'Very Little Negotiation' Occurs; 'Bitterly Disappointed' NFT to Strike Neshaminy School Board President Ritchie Webb said Friday that while the union suggested meeting to negotiate this weekend, they did not specify that the union would not go on strike should the board agree to do so. "At that point, their offer for weekend talks seemed more like an attempt at going …
The Neshaminy School Board and NFT met in their 39th negotiation session Thursday night.
Going into Thursday night's negotiation session, both school board President Ritchie Webb and Neshaminy Federation of Teachers President Louise Boyd were optimistic for productive bargaining in order to avoid a second strike, however, that was not the case. In a NFT press release, it was stated that negotiations between the NFT and school board broke down quickly when the district "flatly rejected" the NFT’s offer to meet throughout the weekend to hammer out a new contract. "We told the district that the June 4 strike could be averted if they had an attitude adjustment and agreed to negotiate throughout the weekend, and they flatly rejected our offer," Boyd said. “We are bitterly disappointed with the district,” she continued, stating that…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Members of the Neshaminy community protested another teachers' strike.
Neshaminy parents, taxpayers and students took to Maple Point Middle School, signs in hand, to show both their support for the Neshaminy School Board and objection to another teachers' strike. A group of concerned Neshaminy community members organized the rally to be held prior to a negotiation session between the two parties. The negotiation session, according to the NFT, could determine whether the teachers hit the picket lines Monday, June 4.