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Valley News Dispatch

Forbes Road Career and Tech teachers authorize strike

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Forbes Road Career & Technology Center teachers voted Wednesday to authorize a strike at the Monroeville school, a union spokesman said.

The members of the Forbes Road CTC Education Association voted unanimously, union spokesman Matt Edgell said.

No strike date was announced; the vote gives union leaders authorization to call one.

About 300 students attend from nine school districts: Highlands, Allegheny Valley, Plum, Riverview, East Allegheny, Gateway, Penn Hills, Wilkinsburg and Woodland Hills.

“We have been bargaining in good faith for 22 months,” union president George Karnbauer said. “We deserve a fair contract and are tired of the delays.”

The union wants to negotiate before the next bargaining meeting scheduled for Nov. 5, Edgell said.

It’s “too long between (bargaining) sessions,” Karnbauer said.

Edgell, the regional coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, said Forbes Road teachers have been negotiating 22 months and working without a contract for 14 months.

The announcement was made after the end of the school day and Joint Operating Committee Director Frank B. Pearsol wasn’t available for comment.

“While I back teachers 100 percent, we don’t have any funding,” said Operating Committee member Erin Vecchio, who also is a Penn Hills School District board member.

“We don’t have a dime to give,” she said.

The vo-tech school’s representatives from Allegheny Valley, Highlands and Plum didn’t return multiple calls for comment.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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