Neshaminy teachers hit the picket line

Trustees will discuss asking the province to reconsider an act that requires teachers to inform parents when class materials are of a sexual or religious nature.

More than 900 students in the Neshaminy School District are off from classes after teachers went on strike this morning.

Teachers have been without a contract since 2008 and recent talks with a mediator did not lead to a new deal. The union, which represents the district’s 654 teachers, said it has made concessions on health care, retirement and salary, but the district has refused to compromise.

“We don’t want to go on strike, but the Board has left us no choice,” Louis Boyd, president of the NFT said in a statement. “A strike is the only way for us to bring pressure on the Board. We have tried every other way.”

The school board has maintained that the concessions offered by the union would still require tax hikes and possible program cuts.

“We’re getting tons and tons of e-mails to stick with our guns. People have to pay for health care so I’m not sure where we go,” board president Ritchie Webb told CBS3.

The strike comes two months after the union’s last proposal on Nov. 1. Both sides are urging parents to contact the other party and urge them to return to the bargaining table.

State law allows teachers the right to strike, but mandates that they must return in order for students to complete 180 days of instruction by June 30.


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