Forbes Road Career & Tech Center hopes to avoid strike with emergency talks

November 30, 2018

Teachers and the Forbes Road Career & Technical Center’s joint operating committee will hold emergency talks Wednesday, hoping to avert a strike.

Teachers agreed to take part in the 3 p.m. talks, but the union also gave the operating committee a required strike notice.

If a contract agreement can’t be reached, the teachers will be on strike as of 12:01 on Thursday, teacher union president George Karnbauer said.

The Forbes Road Career & Technical Center serves more than 700 students from the Allegheny Valley, East Allegheny, Gateway, Highlands, Penn Hills, Plum, Riverview, and Woodland Hills school districts.

If a strike is called, students would report to their home districts.

Operating committee members on Monday didn’t return phone calls or emails seeking comment.

Karnbauer said a new contract is within reach.

“They asked for the emergency meeting. We are certainly hopeful that is a good sign,” he said. “We’re teachers and want to be here for the kids. We also want a fair contract,” he said.

He said the union already accepted a fact-finder’s recommendations.

Karnbauer said he isn’t aware of any previous strike involving Forbes Road.

If the 30 Forbes Road teachers begin walking a picket line, “it would be an extraordinary thing,” he said.

“I will say again that we are ready and willing to sit down with the school until the deadline on Nov 6 in order to reach a settlement,” he said.

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