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NFT Seeks Clarification of Board's Latest Offer

Wednesday night, the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers' negotiation team sought clarification from the Neshaminy School Board on their latest offer that was referred to as a "game changing" proposal.

During the 51st negotiation session, the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers presented the Neshaminy School Board with a list of 44 questions regarding the board's latest offer.

In the last meeting, for ending the district's 5-year long contract impasse with the NFT. 

The 44 questions, union officials said, were for "clarification on whether the proposal was intended as a framework for a new agreement tailored to Neshaminy’s needs, or a take-it-or-leave-it offer to be accepted or rejected without change."

In addition, the NFT stated that these questions were geared toward both financials and non-monetary educational policy issues, which were based on concerns expressed by NFT members.

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"Our bargaining team has been working since last week to provide members with an analysis of how the specific terms of this Council Rock-based offer would impact educational programs and instruction for our students here in Neshaminy," NFT President Louise Boyd said, adding that the district's bargaining team "failed to produce that kind of detailed analysis" at the time the proposal was made.

The school board asked for time to review and answer the questions with the goal of completing them by Thursday night’s meeting.

"It is our hope that this will expedite the process, allowing the NFT to get this information to the rank and file for a vote and settlement," School Board President Ritchie Webb said.

Webb that the proposal is affordable for the district. He also said that he hopes that the NFT leaders will give union members the opportunity to vote on the offer.

Both sides will meet in another negotiation session Sept. 13.

Click here to view Council Rock's CBA.

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