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NFT Ends Work-to-Contract, Authorizes Possible Strike

The leaders of Neshaminy Federation of Teachers have declared the end of work-to-contract. The leaders have been authorized to call another strike.

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers has lifted the work-to-contract job action.

According to a NFT press release, the union leaders decided Wednesday evening to lift the action, which has been in place since the beginning of this school year.

"The leadership and our members have concluded that the ‘work-to-contract’ action is not an essential part of our strategy as we seek to reset the bargaining process now that both sides have spoken on the arbitration report," NFT President Louise Boyd said in the press release.

The NFT leaders were also authorized by union members to call another strike this school year “when and under the circumstances the committee decides are appropriate,” as stated in the press release.

Boyd and union leaders stated in the press release that there has been no decision yet on whether to go on strike, which they are allowed to do under state law.

Should the teachers go on , the state's Department of Education would determine how many days thy would be allowed to go on strike. They would only be able to go on strike so many days that students would complete 180 days of instruction by June 30.

The teachers went on strike for eight days in January, which prompted the state-mandated non-binding arbitration process.

Although the , the NFT held a vote Wednesday evening, in which members "overwhelmingly endorsed their leaders’ recommendation to accept with reservations the ."

“We had hoped the school board would give careful review and good-faith consideration to the arbitrator’s report. Their refusal to do that and their knee-jerk rejection of the arbitration process was a disappointment to Neshaminy’s teachers,” Boyd said.

“But our message to the board and the community is that this was a missed opportunity to find solutions to the dispute that has divided us,” she stated.

Prior to the school board rejecting the arbitrator's findings, school board President Ritchie Webb said that if the board agreed to the terms of the report, the would "easily exceed $20 million."

T.D. Lower southampton May 11, 2012 at 07:10 PM
UNIONS are not destroying this country its the greedy members of The NFT that just want more and more and more. do u want to know whos destroying this country the elected officials of our goverment while the hard working citizens that elected them bought in to their B.S.and unfullfilled promises sit home out of work struggling to make ends meet
RJ May 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Former Teacher, thanks for the information and response.
former teacher May 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
A pleasure.
Chief Firewater May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Many states have binding arbitration for teachers contracts and those states have not collapsed or fallen off the map. If anyone thinks this contract will be settled with zero cost to the District they are living on another planet. Time to have a judge rule on the contract and shove it down both sides throats.
former teacher May 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Chief, I would much rather the employer set the salary, benefits, etc. (The employer is the NSB and the taxpayers.) I would not want an outsider to tell me what I can afford to pay for something. You DO understand that the 'impartial' outsider came up with a 'solution' that, if followed' would cause the district to violate state policy (i.e. Act 1 limitations)? Given the choice of paying something we can't afford vs. the way things are now, I'm happy as can be that the NSB is toeing the line. If you do your homework, you will see that binding arbitration is a mess for the school districts, taxpayers, parents and students. It will benefit the teacher union. The only question will be to what degree that happens.

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