Duquesne city school teachers call off strike
Teachers with the Duquesne public schools called off a strike that had been scheduled for Monday.
The Duquesne Education Association said its 35 members voted to stay on the job because of worries about the safety of district pupils. A union statement said district officials planned to keep the school open, leaving nine district administrators and the school support staff in charge of more than 350 pupils from kindergarten to sixth grade, which the union said would lead to unsafe conditions.
The union called for a work stoppage in a bid to gain mandatory nonbinding arbitration over an extended contract dispute.
“We have been trying in good faith to settle our contract for over 30 months,” DEA President Monica Walker said in the statement. “We have gone to fact-finding, accepted the fact-finder's report, and have done everything possible to reach a fair and equitable settlement.”
Sarah McCluan, contracted spokeswoman for the district, said administrators look forward to completing the school year, which is scheduled to end on Tuesday.
“Notwithstanding the allegations... the safety of the students and staff has never and will never be consciously compromised,” she said.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.