Perkiomen Valley teachers reject state mediator's contract proposal

PERKIOMEN — The Perkiomen Valley Education Association’s membership recently declined the state mediator’s proposal approved by the Perkiomen Valley School Board last month.

Union leadership rejected the proposal and didn’t bring the terms to its general membership, school board President Ann Mantey announced at the board workshop meeting June 2.

“We are going to meet with the teachers’ union to listen to why the mediator’s proposal was rejected,” Mantey told The Mercury.

After a marathon public comment section on the 2014-15 budget May 12, the school board voted to accept the proposal for a contract which came from a state mediator. It required the teachers’ vote to come to fruition.

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A message seeking comment sent to the Perkiomen Valley Education Association was not returned as of publishing.

Perkiomen Valley’s teachers’ contract expired Aug. 31 last year. Negotiations have been continuing for approximately two years.

“The teachers’ union has requested we meet with them,” Mantey said. “We are working on a date to meet.”

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