Progress reported in ending Bethel Park teachers strike |

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.

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