Neshaminy Schoolteachers Press For New Contract By Tightening Work Rules

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Teachers in the Neshaminy School District rallied today outside their union office in Levittown, outlining a new plan as they work to get a contract.

This coming school year could be the fourth year that teachers in the Neshaminy School District have started school without a contract.  Health care remains the sticking point.

Neshaminy Federation of Teachers’ president Louise Boyd says the NFT is planning a new “work to contract” action for the start of the school year, effectively refusing to perform duties outside of those mandated in their expiring contract.

“When school starts for  teachers on August 29th,” Boyd says, “we will follow the following procedures: teachers will report to work each day 15 minutes before the bell; we will meet at the flag pole each morning and walk inside to school together.  We will leave school 15 minutes after the final bell.  Teachers will prioritize work for each given day.  We will not take work home from school (although) teachers will participate in student orientations and scheduled back-to-school nights.”

What does she think the likelihood of a strike is?

“We have had several meetings with our membership and we have been authorized to take a strike when needed,” she told KYW Newsradio today.

The school board says it is willing to negotiate.  A negotiation session with the school district is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Haley

    You guys have no idea. I am student at that school and a a year ago they refused to write recommendation letters to kids going into college. Kids can’t even get after school help anymore. Everyone is stupid because they have no idea what is going on on each side and just assume which makes everyone more angry. The teachers should strike because when they do it will frighten the board and something will finally get done.

  • jeff

    Unless you have stood in front of a classroom and actually taught for a reasonable amount of time you will never know what teachers go through. I invite any parent, board member, or citizen of any district to try and teach a class. If you do that then you will be more “entitled” to an opinion.

  • Anthony Decker

    As a student studying to be a teacher these people are greedy! 4 years!!!! Your average salary is 78,800 can I have your job in 4 years? I’ll take it gladly as look as I get to teach I don’t care. Teaching isn’t about the money. You people should be ashamed of yourself!!!

    • Sarah

      Good luck getting any teaching job if you aren’t going to sympathize with educators Anthony. You will be singing a different tune after you spend one month actually working in the schools.

  • Dee

    Just another example of teacher “greed”.. never met more entitled professionals. You all realize in calculating hours worked against the calendar year that they are part time workers… time to be rid of the unions that ask outrageous demands on the taxpayers… Time for intervention here… Not sure why this nonsense continues Just a disgrace

  • diana

    in the near future the computers are going to replace youe jobs too!!!! i can’t wait ! ! every 4 years its the same thing!!!! iam sick of hearing all of you cry. unions are causing the problems in this have fair beniefits,great wages. you have milked the cows dry…. so get of your greedy butts and go to work and stop the whining!!!!! iam tired of hearing you…..

  • Frances

    I think that’s a good way for the teachers to approach it…I agree with your comment beth!

  • Beth

    Lame comment skeptic 24. Unless you are a teacher in that district, you have no idea what you are talking about. Work to contract is a fair way for the teachers to continue their expected duties while allowing the school board members and parents to see how much of the “extras” halt without the teachers going above and beyond as they usually do.

  • skeptic 24

    And the students are more mature than the Union Members

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