Dallas Teachers, District To Resume Negotiations
DALLAS — The Dallas School District and the teachers union have agreed to resume “good faith” negotiations this weekend aimed at settling a long-running labor dispute.
Luzerne County Judge William Amesbury in June ordered the parties to engage in daily bargaining sessions. But rather than resuming talks, the district appealed his ruling to Commonwealth Court — while the union sought to have the district held in contempt of court.
In a joint statement issued Thursday, the parties said they each agreed to drop those actions and that they will resume daily talks starting Saturday.
“The parties have come together to resolve their differences regarding the foregoing and will negotiate in good faith until a successor collective bargaining agreement is ratified by the parties,” the statement said.
District teachers have been working without a contract since September 2015. They had a one-day strike June 19, a strike for eight days earlier this school year and a strike for 22 days in 2016.
The courts got involved state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera filed a request June 19 for an order to prevent teachers from continued striking — to ensure the district had 180 instruction days last school year.
Sticking points in labor negotiations have included the amount of pay increases and health benefits for the teachers.