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T/E Schools,Teachers Settle on a Contract

Seven months of sometimes heated talks included tax hikes, possible teacher demotions and a union strike threat.

The Tredyffrin Easttown School District says it has reached a tentative contract with the Tredyffrin Easttown Education Association (Teachers) Union.

The agreement, if approved by the union rank and file, would end talks that began in February and continued after the old contract expired on June 30.

The T/E School District emailed the following statement to TE Patch Thursday morning:

Joint Statement

At 10:30PM on September 5, 2012, representatives of the T/E Board of School Directors and the Tredyffrin/Easttown Education Association reached a tentative agreement for a successor collective bargaining agreement.  The existing collective bargaining agreement expired on June 30, 2012. 

The details of the tentative agreement will not be publically disseminated until both parties ratify the tentative agreement.  The Board will vote on the tentative agreement at its October 22, 2012 regularly scheduled meeting. 

The negotiating session was five hours in duration and took place in front of state mediator Robert B. Birnbrauer.

Karen Cruickshank, Board President, and Deb Ciamacca, Negotiation Chair, both expressed thanks to their respective teams for working through a challenging contract negotiation process in the midst of this unprecedented economic climate.

No details were released and there was no statement immediately available on the TEAA website.

and even a as the school board considered demoting teachers with advanced degrees and other ways to save money.  The union requested that a fact finder come in and offer a solution after talks broke down in June. T

Following the second public vote on August 20 the school board seemed to take a more conciliatory public tone toward the union.  At that meeting School Board President Karen Cruiskshank annoucned that sitting, elected, members of the school board would attend all future negotiating sessions. That was something the union had been asking for virtually since the talks began.  That announcement was welcomed by .

While it's not yet clear what paved the way to reaching a tentative settlement, it is clear that both sides wanted to resolve the contract  sooner than later.

At its regular August 27 meeting the school board announced they were presenting a new three year contract proposal to the union. The union had wanted a three year deal. The fact finder's report only outlined a two year agreement. Had the school board approved it, it would have been the basis for the new contract.

While details are not yet being released it was clear back on August 27, the last time either side spoke publicly on the negotiations, that the district and the union were considering a three year deal.

Other issues that had been sticking points during the talks included how much teachers should have to pay out of pocket for health insurance, how much teachers should be paid for unused personal and sick days,education reimbursement for teachers who take advanced college classes, and the tables used for calculating pay raises based on years served and degrees earned.

Patch is contacting union officials and will have more details as they become available.

RosiesDad September 06, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I wonder how much having school board members attend the negotiating sessions contributed to getting this settled so soon after the fact finder's report was rejected.
cp September 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The timeline reported by The Patch is not quite accurate. I attended the 8/20 School Board meeting and the 3-year contract had already been submitted to the union negotiator. I also do not remember any board discussion on attendance at future negotiations. That came later. I appreciate that you want to give a history of events, but you need to be accurate, not just "ball park". Many people are passionate about this negotiation and you need to be accurate in your reporting or else you will loose credibility.
Kate September 08, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I hope teachers will start having their benefits based in current reality.

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