Still no deal in place for Chambersburg teachers

February 23, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg Area School Board met with its teachers' union for about two hours Wednesday night, but still could not come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The district and the Chambersburg Area Education Association released a joint statement after the meeting that said both sides have "reached tentative agreements on all issues with the exception of salary and benefits, and progress was made on these issues as well."

The sides have released joint statements previously, but still failed to reach an agreement on a new contract.

Another negotiation session is scheduled for March 24 at 5 p.m.

The teachers have been working without a contract since June 30 and have been negotiating with the district for more than a year now.

In December, CAEA membership voted to authorize union leadership the ability to strike, but it has yet to act on it. CAEA President Dave Snyder has said that striking is the union's last resort.

Snyder was reached by telephone Wednesday night, but would not comment further on the meeting, saying only that "it's good that we agreed to meet again."

"I really can't go any further than that because I agreed not to," he said.

Salary and benefits remain the major sticking points for the board, which has twice rejected third-party, fact-finder's proposals that the union accepted.

The CAEA includes more than 500 teachers.

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