Sayre teachers end strike, will return Monday

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The Sayre Area educators will end their work stoppage today and return to their classrooms on Monday.

Sayre Area Education Association (SAEA) was forced into a work stoppage starting on Tuesday, April 12. They have been working without a contract for three-years. SAEA’s negotiation team will meet with the school board this Monday night in an attempt to reach a new contract by resolving the remaining few issues.

If a new contract can’t be reached on Monday both parties will enter into the state required mandatory non-binding arbitration process within five working days.    

“Our teachers are very happy that we will be back in the classrooms on Monday with the kids. During the work stoppage we handed out lunches to our students and SAEA members participated in many service projects throughout the community. On Monday, we simply want to resolve the contract dispute and move forward, which is in the best interest of this community and our students,” said high school Spanish teacher Bill Trump.

Trump serves as the President of the Sayre Area Education Association.

“We wanted to meet with the school board and settle the new contract during the work stoppage, but that did not happen, so we remain positive for Monday’s bargaining session with the school board,” said SAEA Chief Negotiator and Family and Consumer Science Teacher Christine Davis. “The biggest remaining issue is that the school board wants a five-year step movement freeze, which is totally unfair to our younger educators because they wouldn’t move on the salary schedule. Additionally, the school board’s contract proposal would negatively impact our school district with keeping and attracting talented educators going forward,” said Davis.          

Davis states “should we not reach a new contract or make positive progress on Monday then we will enter into arbitration. Unfortunately, this means that no negotiations will occur during the arbitration process.  But let’s hope this all can end Monday.” 

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