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Pa. teachers reject contract

February 17, 2001

Pa. teachers reject contract



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - For the second time, the Tuscarora Educational Association has rejected a contract proposal that would have awarded smaller pay raises than teachers are seeking.

The rejection of a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board's fact-finder's recommendation sends the teachers' organization and the Tuscarora School Board back to the bargaining table, William Konzal, superintendent of the Tuscarora School District, said Friday night.

Konzal said he was disappointed by the vote.

"The school board felt it was a good compromise on the collective bargaining issues," Konzal said Friday night.

Teachers have been working without a contract since their four-year pact expired June 30.

Money and benefits are the sticking issues in the talks.

The board offered annual salary increases over its proposed four-year contract of 3 percent for the first two years and 3.5 percent for the next two.

The teachers are asking for 4.5 percent per year over a three-year contract.

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The fact-finder, who sat in on year-long negotiations in an attempt to break the bargaining impasse, recommended a four-year contract with annual increments of 3.1 percent, 3.5 percent, 3.6 percent and 4 percent.

The expired contract paid 100 percent of the health insurance premiums for teachers and their dependents. In their proposal, the teachers asked to raise the deductible and have the district self-insure the difference.

The board's plan would require the teachers to accept a co-pay arrangement that would cost employees $5 per doctor's visit in the last three years of the contract.

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