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Strong Possibility of CB Teacher Strike This Fall, Superintendent Says

At issue is paychecks and how much they’ll increase.

There is a strong possibility Central Bucks teachers may strike in the fall, Superintendent David Weitzel announced Tuesday.

At issue is paychecks and how much they’ll increase. According to Weitzel, negotiations between the board and the union have stalled over pay raise rates. 

Weitzel made the announcement at the end of the school board’s regular meeting. The current contract expires June 30. 

The Central Bucks Education Association said that it will strike this fall unless the district increases teacher salaries by 16.8 percent over four years, according to officials. The district is offering 11.77 percent over four years, Weitzel said.

In a statement, Central Bucks Education Association disputed Weitzel's math. The raises requested in the next contract are "nearly identical to the salary increases offered to teachers over the last two years," the union said. 

"If CBEA were to receive an offer from the district increasing payroll by approximately 2.9 percent annually, CBEA’s negotiating team would gladly present such an offer to the Association membership and strongly advocate for a vote in favor of accepting this offer," the statement from the union said.

Mary K. Bingler May 29, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Since this article was posted yesterday, the teachers' union published a response. The numbers Dr Weitzel spoke of at the board meeting on Tuesday night are not the same ones presented to the union: https://www.facebook.com/CentralBucksEngage/posts/719530414772224
neighbor May 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM
this should be a no brainer considering the article published about profits that the district is making - I believe the district is saving more than they are spending. Teachers should get what they want considering they are teaching our future adults
Harold J May 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Is that 4.2% annual raises guaranteed by taxpayers reguardless of individual perforname?

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