Archive

ShareThis Page
Progress reported in ending Bethel Park teachers strike | TribLIVE.com
News

Progress reported in ending Bethel Park teachers strike

A Bethel Park School District spokeswoman said negotiations today in the teachers strike yielded progress but no settlement.

Vicki Flotta declined to elaborate, saying both sides have agreed to keep the details private.

Another round of talks is scheduled Thursday. The strike is entering its fourth week.

The 391 members of the Bethel Park Federation of Teachers walked off the job Oct. 25, 10 months after negotiations began on a new contract and three months after the old contract expired.

The district is asking teachers to increase their health care contributions from the current 0.5 percent for individuals and 0.9 percent for families to 2 and 4 percent, respectively. The teachers have also said the district wants to extend the school day by half an hour, and increase the size of classes.

“I think we’re united. We know we’ll get it done,” said Walt Michalski, spokesman for the American Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania. “We’d like it to be sooner rather than later.”

Today marked the fourth time the two sides have met since the strike began.


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.