Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hampton teachers authorize strike...

What's the deal with the threat of teacher strikes in the North Hills lately?

Add another school district to that list since Hampton Township teachers authorized a strike. The contract negotiations have faced hurdles over a variety of issues including health care premiums.

Teachers have not yet set a date to begin the work-stoppage.

From the Post-Gazette:

The main issues relate to teaching and learning conditions, including class size. Another unresolved issue is health care premiums.

The old contract expired June 30. The district has about 3,000 students.

You guys know my views on the issue of teachers paying health care premiums. I'm a bit more interested to get the background on the other issues involved.

Earlier this month, Hampton educators threatened to boycott the next scheduled bargaining session in December due to problems during negotiations.

From the Post-Gazette:

Frustrated with the progress of contract negotiations, Hampton teachers have said they will not attend the next scheduled bargaining session set for Dec. 11.

The teachers' negotiation team was disappointed with the Nov. 13 talks, said Arleen Starr, a representative of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and chief negotiator for the bargaining team made up of seven teachers.

The two sides disagree on more than 50 points, she said.

I'll update this post as more information comes along...

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