Perkiomen Valley teachers reject state mediator's contract proposal

PERKIOMEN ó The Perkiomen Valley Education Associationís membership recently declined the state mediatorís proposal approved by the Perkiomen Valley School Board last month.

Union leadership rejected the proposal and didnít bring the terms to its general membership, school board President Ann Mantey announced at the board workshop meeting June 2.

ďWe are going to meet with the teachersí union to listen to why the mediatorís proposal was rejected,Ē Mantey told The Mercury.

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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 teachersí vote to come to fruition.

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

Perkiomen Valleyís teachersí contract expired Aug. 31 last year. Negotiations have been continuing for approximately two years.

ďThe teachersí union has requested we meet with them,Ē Mantey said. ďWe are working on a date to meet.Ē

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