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CAEA leadership updates teachers on recent contract talks

January 19, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The membership of the Chambersburg Area Education Association met with union leadership for nearly two hours Wednesday night, but only to discuss its recent lack of progress in securing a new teachers contract.

After fielding individual teachers' questions for about 45 minutes after the meeting closed, CAEA President Dave Snyder said the meeting was to "update the membership to give them a feel for what we've done so far; what the proposals were."

"That's basically all we're going to release," Snyder said. "It was basically an internal discussion."

There have been no talks between the union and the Chambersburg Area School Board since its last unsuccessful bargaining session Monday, Jan. 10. A date to go back to the table has not been set, Snyder said.

"We assume that the mediator will in the future sometime get a hold of both sides and set up a date, but at this point that hasn't happened," Snyder said.

When asked about any frustrations expressed by the membership through contract talks that have spanned more than a year, Snyder said "the general membership remains very united."

Sticking points in negotiations remain wages and health care, both sides have said. The school board twice rejected a third-party, state fact-finding report while the union has agreed on both.

CAEA leadership authorized a strike last month, but has yet to act. The teachers have been working without a contract since June 30, 2010.

The union is composed of more than 500 teachers.

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