Monday, April 27, 2015

Neshaminy board, teachers negotiate face-to-face

District heading for fourth year without a contract.

Neshaminy board, teachers negotiate face-to-face

With the state mediator absent, board President Richie Webb and teachers union President Louise Boyd discussed financial issues for two-and-one-half hours on Monday night, the district reported in an e-mail.

The talks focused on health care, contributions, retirement perks, longevity, and other financial issues, the district said. The union acknowledged that the board's $4.8-million figure for step costs was closer than its $1.2-million estimate, the district said.

The union is getting help from the American Federation of Teachers to analyze the numbers, the district said. 

Webb, assisted by district lawyer Charles Sweet, repeated the board's rejection of retroactive pay, the district said. 

Boyd, who was assisted by union lawyer Tom Jennings, said in an e-mail, "Substantial efforts were made by the negotiators to identify the precise cost impacts of the principal issues separating the parties."

The next negotiation is scheduled for Aug. 29, the night before the first day of school. Unless an agreement is reached by then, the district will start its fourth school year without a contract -- the longest current impasse in the state.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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