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Teachers approve contract in Waynesboro

February 25, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Public school teachers in Waynesboro, working under an expired labor contract since June, have agreed to a new four-year pact, the board's president said Monday.

Larry Glenn said he is satisfied with the agreement that was hammered out during months of closed-door talks with representatives of the 290-member Waynesboro Area Education Association.

"I can't speak for the rest of the board," he said.

Details of the contract will be disclosed if the school board votes to accept it tonight, Glenn said.

Mike Engle, president of the teachers association, could not be reached for comment.

In late January, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board appointed a Dickinson School of Law professor to serve as a fact-finder in the stalled talks between the teachers and the board. A fact-finder is appointed as a step before the negotiations go into arbitration, Glenn said.

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The fact-finder met with both sides earlier this month in an informal session and suggested the sides meet one more time to try to work things out.

"Things came along very well," Glenn said. "There never was a formal hearing with the fact-finder."

Negotiations between the teachers and school board began in January 2002. They continued through the summer even though the teachers' contract expired June 30.

Glenn said the talks went longer than both sides would have liked, but they weren't unusually long.

Teachers in some school districts in Pennsylvania have been working without a contract for as long as three years, he said.

Today's meeting on the contract will precede the school board's first work session on its upcoming budget, Glenn said.

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