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SVEA Predicts Local Home Values Will Fall Under SV Board Proposal

The Saucon Valley Education Association represents 187 teaching professionals employed by the Saucon Valley School District.

The following was provided to Patch by an attorney representing the Saucon Valley Education Association:

Andrew Muir, attorney for the Saucon Valley Teachers stated, “Today the current School Board member politicians continue to refuse to negotiate with the teachers.  Instead, they are using taxpayer dollars to file frivolous complaints that are wholly without merit.” Muir explained, “What the tea-party school board politicians should be doing is bargaining rather than playing their public relations spin-games.  As I have repeatedly stated, the deteriorating labor relations will like lead to falling home and estate prices in the heart of Saucon Valley.”

“The teachers’ 3% counterproposal is both fair and affordable.  Although Saucon Valley teacher pay is the lowest in the county for about 75% of the time teachers progress through their salary chart, under the new contract teachers will gradually catch up to Bangor and hopefully some of the other districts.  As Saucon Valley teacher pay catches up to Bangor rates, there will be less need to take the courses to earn pay increases, thus the proposal will likely greatly reduce the district’s tuition costs.  In short, the teachers’ salary-tuition counter proposal is a win-win,” stated Muir.

“The politicians who are “running” the Saucon Valley District have admitted they have a huge surplus of $13 million.  They simply already have the funds necessary to provide teachers with fair increases for several years.  In fact, so much so, that they are alone in the state in not having to increase millage for 6 years”, said Muir

According to Attorney Muir, “It is fair for Saucon Valley parents to question whether the school board is more interested in the tea-party politics than the children, especially since it is the case that only 1 out of 9 school board politicians has a child in the Saucon Valley School District.”

“The parties have already suffered two strikes in the past 5 years and the board’s latest claims will only increase the chances of more unrest”, said Muir.  “We encourage the school board politicians to come out of hiding and resume negotiations.  We are available to negotiate any day of the year”, stated Muir.

“Saucon Valley Teachers are united and look forward to continue to negotiate until a new agreement is reached.  The Association encourages the school board to negotiate with an open mind so that the parties can move forward together”, said Muir.

The Saucon Valley Education Association represents 187 teaching professionals employed by the Saucon Valley School District.  Saucon Valley teachers have been working under an expired contract since June 30, 2012.


Moe Szyslak June 27, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Some moron finally used Benghazi is this discussion. Unreal. Hey Lentz, I think you are a teachers union plant anyway. Are you Andreucci or Muir in disguise? Trying to bait that slobber mouth Eichfield?
Bob Lentz June 27, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Neither , it was in responce to Fae Danner's post about"the government in whatever form needs to be more inclusive of the desires of the citizens that it serves". Sometimes when an open forum goes on long enough the subject of Hitler would come up . I chose Benghazi . Hardly enough to be a Muir or Andreucci in disguise so I changed the discussion back to the SV school district . Not even close to bait Mr Eichfeld .
Bob Lentz June 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Climate change ? Hummmm It will go the way of the three mile island meltdown and the following introduction of radon gas seeping into our homes to cover up for the radiation that 3 mile spewed out . What are we breathing from all the trucks and cars idling on Main Street all day long ? I would like to see the new book that Mr. Eichfeld brought up as not needed for the school students and draw my own conclusions . We live in a patronage state where votes are traded for money and jobs . Education , pensions and union dues are all part of the tyranny passed from our legislators to the taxpayer to keep the system going . It's always been done this way ! When you finally get rid of Mr. Eichfeld you suckers will go back to "it's always been done this way" , nothing changes except your tax increases . My response to Moe , get a new face
Bob Lentz July 01, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Hers's an example . Let the legislature lead by changing their own pensions into a 401 style or a pay your own way by investments , reduce the size of your legislature and then stick your lyin nose in the 47 billion SERS and PSERS pension problems . Corbett will sign the budget without any changes he wants to the pension debacle . Then he loses the election and we're where we started 40 some years ago .
Bob Lentz July 07, 2014 at 08:08 PM
" It's for the teachers "

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