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Ambridge teachers set strike date

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 7:12 p.m.

Teachers at the Ambridge Area School District plan to walk off the job next month if their contract impasse continues.

The district's 190 teachers intend to strike Dec. 13, school board member James Sas said Tuesday.

The teachers' union and district officials will meet Dec. 12 to try to reach a contract agreement.

The school district has proposed that teachers contribute more to their health care plans.

Teachers pay a flat rate for health coverage. The district wants to move to a percentage-based payment, which the teachers' union does not want.

“As a board, we're highly disappointed with the lack of progress,” said Sas, who added the district has negotiated in “good faith.”

Attempts to reach Jeffrey Grinaway, the teachers' union representative, were unsuccessful.

The teachers' contract expired June 30, 2015. The district and the union began contract negotiations in January 2015.

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