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Sides meet but make little progress in Waynesboro teacher dispute

March 07, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Negotiating teams for the Waynesboro Area School Board and its teachers union met Wednesday to continue hammering out a teacher contract.

The two sides first met at the bargaining table in January 2010, six months before the last contract expired. They had gone two months without meeting until an impromptu session Feb. 21.

On Wednesday evening, the teams “exchanged positions with little progress made,” school board member Chris Lind said in an email.

“Issues continue to center on salary health care premiums and what is expected versus what can be afforded,” he wrote.

“No progress was made. The board took back their previous offer of a raise this year and now insists on a two-year pay freeze,” the union’s chief negotiator, Mike Engle, wrote in an email.

About 278 teachers are represented by the Waynesboro Area Education Association.

“In spite of the board’s lack of movement, WAEA believes in compromise and made small concessions on salary and health care. We had hoped they would have had additional numbers on the proposed changes to health care that we had suggested, but they were not yet ready,” Engle wrote.

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No new sessions were scheduled.

— Jennifer Fitch

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