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CB Teachers Ask for Contract Settlement

More than a year after talks began, the two sides are no closer to a deal.

In  a show of union solidarity, more than 100 teachers crammed into Tuesday’s Central Bucks School Board meeting to ask for a settlement to their contract dispute. 

Although the crowd spilled out into the hallway, only one teacher spoke during the public comment period during the meeting. Middle school teacher Amy MacMinn said she and her colleagues “fully support” the team that is negotiating on behalf of the Central Bucks Education Association. 

Teachers have been working under the terms of a contract that expired June 30, 2010. 

“In the eight months since then, we have been teaching in good faith and delivering a high-quality education for our students and their families,” said MacMinn. “We are extremely hopeful that you will acknowledge and protect” the reputation of the faculty. 

Teachers in the audience gave MacMinn an extended round of applause after her remarks. 

Superintendent Dr. N. Robert Laws was tight-lipped when asked about the status of negotiations after the meeting. He acknowledged the two sides have been meeting twice a month but declined to be more specific. 

“I’m optimistic,” he said. “The talks have been good. But we have some real major issues to deal with in the state of affairs in this economy. There has to be a lot of give and take on both sides.”

School Board President Paul B. Faulkner was similarly non-committal when asked to assess negotiations.

“There are two sides to the equation,” he said. “There have been discussions about ideas but we’re no closer [to an agreement] than we have been in the past.”

Asked whether contract proposals have been exchanged, Faulker said “not to my knowledge.”

Meanwhile, Laws said he could not assess what impact Gov. Corbett’s state budget proposal would have on the district’s budget. Corbett’s state spending plan, proposed on Tuesday, calls for a nearly $1 billion cut to public education subsidies and a pay freeze for teachers. 

Laws said the state budget will be discussed on March 22 when the board reviews the district’s preliminary budget.

Jeff Lugar March 09, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Hopefully Corbett's budget will finally bring the teachers to some sort of reality. Their last contract was during boom times; this one will be during what is still a time of austerity/recovery, and the economics in it should refelct that.
Arugula March 09, 2011 at 01:48 PM
In my opinion, it is the taxpayers who need to be brought to the reality that teachers are among our most valuable professionals, and they should be well paid and highly respected. Education is the most important and valuable asset of any citizen in a democracy.
JOEY MACK March 09, 2011 at 05:31 PM
I am tired of the cry baby School teachers,they are off the summer for Vacation,Christmas Week,Easter week,Thanksgiving weekand All the holidays,They are a bunch of takers from Tax Payers,Everybody must make a sacrifices,but the Cry Babys KEEP On Complaining they want more MONEY,Go out in the REAL WORLD AND SEE HOW MUCH VACATION TIME AND TIME OFF YOU GET working in some other Carreer.The Teachers its time to give back,LOOK AT THE PAY SCALE OF COUNCIL ROCK TEACHER WHAT A DISGRACE.ITS TIME WE TOLD THE TEACHERS TAKE WHAT WE OFFER< IF THEY REFUSED FIRE THEM ALL. WE WILL FIND OTHER TEACHERS TO REPLACE THE CRY BABYS WHO ARE DRAINING THE TAX PAYERS ITS TIME TO SAY NO NO WE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU.
Steven H. Brush March 09, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Natalie Munroe a "valued professional"?? HUH??
Arugula March 09, 2011 at 09:17 PM
One bad apple ...
Steven H. Brush March 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM
With the support of all the other "good" apples via the teachers' union support of her.
Jeff Lugar March 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM
The $100,000+ per year that some pull in is far beyond "well paid".

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