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Penn-Trafford teachers may vote on new contract this week

October 4, 2018

Above, Penn-Trafford High School in Penn Township.

After a lengthy negotiating session lasted late into Tuesday night, Penn-Trafford Education Association officials presented a fresh agreement to their 250-member union Wednesday.

“We were there until midnight,” union President Shaun Rinier said as he headed to the association’s meeting shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday. “We had all the people there, including the state mediators.”

The plan, Rinier said, was to present the new terms to the union, with a possible vote coming Friday.

“Then the school board’s plan is to possibly vote on Monday,” he said.

The most recent agreement expired June 30. Teachers continue to work under an extension of the old four-year contract.

Rinier would not disclose the terms of the proposal.

“Our membership hasn’t even seen it,” he said. “I don’t know how they’ll react to it. I’m assuming favorably, but we’ve already had about four tentative agreements.”

The 250-member union had planned to vote last week on a six-year agreement, but that vote was canceled over concerns that teachers already on the first level of the 17-step salary scale would be prevented from advancing to another level this school year.

Union leadership then threatened a possible strike before quickly shelving any such action in favor of continued negotiations.

The union membership will meet Friday evening to take a potential vote on the contract proposal.

The school board’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Penn-Trafford High School, 3381 Route 130 in Penn Township.

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