Bethel Park school board accepts fact-finding report in teacher contract dispute

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The county's longest-standing teacher contract dispute could be on its way to resolution.

The Bethel Park school board voted in executive session tonight to accept a fact-finding report that the teachers union approved earlier this week.

That paves the way for the report, the details of which have remained confidential, to become the basis for a new contract between the district and the Bethel Park Federation of Teachers.

The teachers have been without a new contract since the previous one expired in June 2010. They staged a six-week strike in the fall of 2010, but have been on the job since.

The two sides participated in fact-finding in the spring of 2012, but then both sides rejected the report.

Following the board's initial vote to approve the report, the fact-finder will be notified of the decision. The board will take a final, public vote on the report at 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

In a press release Tuesday, the teachers union said the fact-finder's report, if accepted by both sides, would be the basis for a new, six-year collective bargaining agreement, which would run from June 2010 through June 2016.

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Lexi Belculfine contributed. Mary Niederberger: or 412-263-1590. First Published October 9, 2013 5:24 PM

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