An end to the Neshaminy School District labor dispute does not appear any closer after Wednesday night's negotiation session, according to statements from the teacher's union and school board.
"In a very disappointing turn of events, the School Board suddenly announced its intention to cease any further bargaining regarding the unresolved issues," a statement from the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers read.
The school board's offer is based on the Council Rock School District contract. The contract, which was signed by Council Rock teachers in 2012, is the basis for Neshaminy's salary and working conditions proposal for teaching staff. The proposed contract eliminates provisions including equal say and past practice - two items that school board members have previously vowed to eliminate from a new teachers contract.
"The board restated its belief that the NFT should allow their membership to vote on the Council Rock salary proposal with Council Rock working conditions. The NFT position is that their membership has already spoken and have refused to vote on the Council Rock proposal," a statement released to the media by the school board read.
The school board has previously called the Council Rock contract the "final offer" in the five-year labor battle.
At Wednesday negotiations, the NFT reported a board representative said the union should "take it or leave it" when discussing the Council Rock proposal.
"With only approximately thirty issues of varying complexity and significance still separating the parties, and the Federation having already addressed all of the Board’s previously-identified 'big issues,' the Federation made clear its desire and intent to continue bargaining in order to achieve a final settlement," the NFT said.
After the 20 minute negotiation session ended, the NFT said they plan to file a Unfair Labor Practice suit with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
"The Federation believes that this sudden refusal to bargain in good faith is unlawful," the statement read.
The NFT also stated that issues of "use of interschool mail to critical issues such as class size, grade changes, school safety, and past practice" remain sticking points.
The board and NFT plan to meet again next Wednesday evening.
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