ShareThis Page
Penn-Trafford

Penn-Trafford teachers may vote on new contract this week

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 4:18 p.m.
Above, Penn-Trafford High School in Penn Township.
Above, Penn-Trafford High School in Penn Township.

After a lengthy negotiating session lasted late into Tuesday night, Penn-Trafford Education Association officials presented a fresh agreement to their 250-member union Wednesday.

“We were there until midnight,” union President Shaun Rinier said as he headed to the association’s meeting shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday. “We had all the people there, including the state mediators.”

The plan, Rinier said, was to present the new terms to the union, with a possible vote coming Friday.

“Then the school board’s plan is to possibly vote on Monday,” he said.

The most recent agreement expired June 30 . Teachers continue to work under an extension of the old four-year contract.

Rinier would not disclose the terms of the proposal.

“Our membership hasn’t even seen it,” he said. “I don’t know how they’ll react to it. I’m assuming favorably, but we’ve already had about four tentative agreements.”

The 250-member union had planned to vote last week on a six-year agreement, but that vote was canceled over concerns that teachers already on the first level of the 17-step salary scale would be prevented from advancing to another level this school year.

Union leadership then threatened a possible strike before quickly shelving any such action in favor of continued negotiations.

The union membership will meet Friday evening to take a potential vote on the contract proposal.

The school board’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Penn-Trafford High School, 3381 Route 130 in Penn Township.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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 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.

click me