By Chelsea Karnash and Tim Jimenez

NESHAMINY, Pa. (CBS) – Teachers in the Neshaminy School District are planning to go on strike beginning on Monday.

After nearly four years of negotiations, the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers (NFT) have decided to strike on Monday if no deal is reached.

“We’ve been meeting with them throughout the past three and a half years and every meeting we’ve been to it has been here’s our offer, take it or leave it,” said Union President Louise Boyd.

In a statement, School Board President Ritchie Webb says a tough economy makes the contract the teachers are seeking unaffordable.

It’s unclear whether the sides will negotiate this weekend. Boyd says they are free to talk.

“Of course we’re concerned about the students and of course I would rather be at work Monday morning with a contract in hand.”

The Neshaminy School Board is urging members of the community to contact NFT Headquarters at 215-547-2001 and demand that teachers immediately return to the bargaining table.

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