The union representing some suburban Philadelphia teachers says negotiators are “not that far apart” in their efforts to settle a long-running contract dispute.
Union vice president Louise Boyd told The Philadelphia Inquirer that two negotiating sessions have shown that “both sides are capable of talking.”
The district has offered 1 percent increases and wants teachers to pay 10 percent of their health care costs. The union is seeking 3 percent increases and retroactive pay, which the district says it cannot afford. Boyd says members have offered concessions but retroactive pay is important.
The teachers plan a “work to contract” job action but say they will participate in all functions involving students and parents.