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Arbitration meeting near to determine Shaler teacher salaries

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Shaler Area School District soon will have the final piece to complete the teachers union contract.

The binding arbitration meeting to determine teacher salary increases, the only outstanding negotiation issue, is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13.

In September, the district negotiation team and representatives from the Shaler Area Education Association, the teachers union, reached a contract settlement on all issues but teacher salaries, which both sides agreed to settle through binding arbitration.

A three-member arbitration panel will evaluate each side's final offers.

The panel's decision will be non-negotiable.

Both sides agreed to obtain a list of arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association, and as a result of that process, the parties selected David Peterson from the submitted candidates, said Gary Mignogna, the district's director of human resources.

The district's negotiation team and the Shaler Area Education Association, which represents 390 teachers, will select the additional two arbitrators in the coming weeks.

The union and district officials approved a five-year contract, retroactive to August 2011 and through Aug. 15, 2016, at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year after two and a half years of unsuccessful negotiating that led to a strike beginning Sept. 3. The strike delayed school by more than one week.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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