Sunday, December 2, 2012
The West Chester School Board Vice President is named the vice president of an organization that advocates for "strike-free" education.
StopTeacherStrikes.org announced this week that West Chester Area School Vice President Heidi Adsett has been named the vice president of the grassroots organization that aims to make education in the state "strike-free." “We are thrilled to have Heidi join StopTeacherStrikes” said President Simon Campbell in a statement released this week. “Heidi is the only person on the West Chester Area School Board who has publicly taken a stand against the threat and use of teacher strikes and the continued practice of compulsory Union dues payments for the West Chester Area school district’s teachers and support staff employees, and her commitment to the cause is unrivaled in Chester County.” Adsett has taken both flack and support from district …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Here's is the full statement read by board president Vincent Murphy at Monday's meeting on the on-going teacher negotiations.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The following is a statement from West Chester School Board president Vince Murphy about the on-going teacher negotiations. I have always believed that much can be accomplished if an individual or an organization is armed with information and optimism. Perhaps that is why I am looking toward the next negotiation session, slated for November 29th, with a glimmer of hope that progress can occur. You see, earlier this month the West Chester Area School Board held an informational session for the West Chester Area Education Association to provide clarity on the health care benefit plan it has proposed to the teacher’s union. The School Board has proposed Personal Choice 320 – a PPO which provides members freedom to use their own doctors and …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
West Chester School Board President Vincent Murphy says he is optimistic heading into Thursday's negotiation session.
West Chester School Board President Vince Murphy said he remains optimistic as the teachers’ union and the school board head into another round of negotiations on Thursday, Nov. 29. “As we look ahead toward Thursday night’s negotiation session, it is our sincere hope that the information gleaned from the informational session will enable the WCEA to move forward with a negotiation session that is focused and productive,” Murphy said in a statement read at Monday’s school board meeting. In early November, the school board and the union held a jointly prepared session that was intended to educate staff on proposed changes to the teachers’ healthcare plan. Murphy said, “The format of the meeting offered an informal and interactive setting for…
Monday, November 26, 2012
The West Chester School Board will meet Monday with no vote scheduled for the new teachers contract.
The West Chester School Board will meet Monday for its regular meeting, and there is no vote on the new teacher contract scheduled. Both sides were scheduled to meet in Novemeber, but no progress has been made. For the rest of the agenda, the school board will vote on a special education settlement agreement, approval to build a concession stand at the Rustin stadium and construction change orders. To read the complete agenda please see the attached PDF.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
West Chester School Board President Vincent Murphy says that negotiations are ongoing and off the record.
West Chester School Board President Vincent Murphy briefly addressed the continuing teachers’ contract negotiations at the end of Monday’s regular monthly meeting. “Talks have been ongoing,” Murphy said. “We have held two negotiation sessions since August 9, and we have a bargaining session set for August 29.” Murphy went on to say that the district and the union will be working with a negotiator from the state, and that an update on the status of the contract is expected in the next few weeks. Murphy also stated that the remainder of the negotiations will be held “off the record.”
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Residents speak out at the West Chester Area School Board meeting.
Last week, the West Chester Area School Board released its proposals in the continuing negotiations with the teachers’ union, and during Monday’s meeting residents of the district responded. “For the last four or five years the economy has been terrible,” said district resident Helen Webber. “But still the teachers, except for last year, have received raises. The other people in this district have not been immune to the recession and neither should the teachers.” Many of the residents that spoke at Monday’s meeting said that the teachers asking for an 18 percent raise over the next three years was “appalling.” “The assertion that the association is seeking an 18 percent salary increase over the next three years proves that the board is …
Friday, June 22, 2012
The current teacher contract is set to expire on June 29.
Both the teachers and the school board of the West Chester Area School District are in the midst of a new contract negotiation, and while both sides continue to talk, the current teacher's contract is set to expire on June 29. Earlier this week the school board released its set of proposals that included an almost four percent raise in the first two years of the contract followed by a $1,500 performance bonus in the third year. The proposal from the school board also included shared health insurance costs that would reduce the district's cost burden from 90 percent in the first year to 8 percent by the third year. When the school board released their proposals they also released a summary of the teachers' union proposal. That proposal …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The West Chester School Board voted to approve goals for the upcoming teacher contract negotiations.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The following is a press release from the West Chester Area School District School Board The West Chester Area School Board last night approved a series of goals which will guide it through the negotiation process with the West Chester Area Education Association, the union which represents the District’s teachers. Recognizing the importance of developing a contract which balances the need for affordability with its commitment to sustaining the delivery of a high quality academic program, the School Board has started to refer to the contract it is negotiating as “A Blueprint for Balancing Achievement and Affordability.” The School Board’s negotiation goals for developing this blueprint, approved in a 9-0 vote, are as follows: • Maintain …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Teacher Contract Discussions to Include Experienced Negotiator for District
Monday, January 9, 2012
Editor's Note: The Following Information comes courtesy of the West Chester Area School District. The West Chester Area Board of School Directors voted on Monday night to approve the hiring of a lead contract negotiator. Jeffrey T. Sultanik, Esquire, of Fox Rothschild, L.L.P, has been selected to assist in the development of contract language and advise members of the School Board regarding other key elements of the upcoming teacher contract negotiations. Mr. Sultanik is very familiar with the current contract and has been advising the District on contract language since 2003. Said Board President Vince Murphy, “The Board has a responsibility to negotiate contracts that are in the best interests of the district. A lead negotiator …