State-Appointed Fact-Finder to Report on SVSD Teacher Contract Talks
A fact-finder has been appointed by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's Labor Relations Board to develop report on sluggish contract negotiations between the Saucon Valley Education Association and the district.
Saucon Valley teachers have been working without a contract since June 30, 2012, and negotiations for a new contract have been under way since January 2012.
The Express-Times article indicated that the state-appointed fact-finder is a neutral party who will examine the current contract proposals and make recommendations about them in a report due by Oct. 28.
According to the article published by the Call, two of the issues that have become sticking points in the contract talks are a teacher retirement incentive program and the decision-making process for teachers who want to obtain a district-paid graduate degree.
Saucon Valley teachers last struck in the fall of 2009, before their most recent contract was adopted.