Teachers at a suburban Philadelphia school district walked out of a contract negotiation session after just minutes, the AP reports. The president of the Neshaminy School District teachers union says the district’s latest offer to end a 3 1/2-year standoff is “an insult.”
Neshaminy teachers have been working without a pay increase for three years. The terms of the proposal offered by the district Monday include annual 1 percent raises and the elimination of a retirement benefit of $27,500. It also would require teachers to pay at least 10 percent of their health care costs and extend their work day one hour. The district says it can no longer afford a contract that includes fully paid health care.
No further negotiating sessions are scheduled.