The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board reported today that the Shaler Area Education Association rejected a fact-finder's recommendation for a four-year contract that had been accepted by the Shaler school board May 22.
Shaler teachers have been working without a new contract since August 2011.
The teachers' union rejection, which came at a Wednesday meeting, means the report now becomes public and each side must vote to reconsider it five to 10 days after the publication.
Fact-finder Michelle Miller-Kotula recommended a four-year term for the contract.
For salaries, the fact-finder Michelle Miller-Kotula recommended a wage and salary step freeze in the first year and raises of $775 a year at the top of the scale for the other three years and lower increases for others. Salaries at the top of the scalefor a teacher with a masters degree would increase from $86,582 to $88,907.
For health insurance, the fact-finder recommended no change in cost for the first year. In year two, monthly payments would be $35 for individuals and $70 for families covered by an HMO and $65 per individual and $130 per family for a PPO plan. Those fees increase in year four to $50 and $150 for the HMO and $80 and $160 for the PPO plan.
The fact-finder rejected the teachers request for a retirement incentive.
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