Lincoln Intermediate Unit board, teachers reach deal

September 22, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A tentative agreement has been reached in the ongoing contract negotiations between the Lincoln Intermediate Unit board and education association, the board's lawyer said.

"It's just language at this point," said Kim Smith, attorney for the employer.

Lincoln Intermediate Unit Education Association President Holly Musselman did not return phone calls Wednesday and Thursday.

Stalled negotiations over salaries and health care led to a one-day strike in June by the education association, which represents 629 special education therapists and teachers in 25 school districts in Franklin, Adams and York counties.

The employees have been without a contract since July 1, 2005, following the expiration of their last five-year contract.

In Franklin County, the LIU provides support services both within the schools and at the Franklin Learning Center. The intermediate unit is funded through federal and state money and by the school districts it serves, officials said.

The Franklin Learning Center, owned jointly by the county school districts, provides testing for young children. LIU programs teach communication and life skills, such as dressing and eating, to people up to age 21.


Negotiations had utilized a fact finder from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

The average salary of the 629 employees was $46,309, according to the fact-finding report issued last fall. That included teachers, school psychologists and other employees, according to the report.

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