Teachers in Phoenixville ‘optimistic’ about contract talks

    Teachers in Phoenixville say they are “optimistic” about the next round of contract talks, despite working for nearly 450 days without a new one.

    The Mercury reports the union is committed to reaching an agreement without disrupting learning for students.

    The teachers of the Phoenixville Area Education Association have been working without a collective bargaining agreement for 443 days.  The previous deal expired on June 30, 2010.

    A spokesman for the teacher’s union told The Mercury representatives were “optimistic” heading into talks scheduled for tomorrow.  According to The Mercury, the union will try a new strategy that could “break the ice” in the negotiating process.

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