East Allegheny teachers issue strike notice

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The East Allegheny Education Association gave a strike notice at the school board voting meeting on Monday night.

Union president Cheryl Ihnat said if contract issues aren‘t settled by the beginning of the new school year, the strike will begin on Sept. 2, the first day of school. She said the teachers have worked for 681 days without a contract.

School director Fred Miller, who is negotiating new contract terms for the district, said after the meeting that the state tax index prohibits the district from raising real estate taxes by more than .85374 mills per year.

The cumulative cost of the teachers’ desired salary increases, plus pension and health care costs, would require an increase of 3.16 mills in real estate taxes during the third year of the contract, a tax increase of $1.49 million, which would require the district to have a voter referendum to approve the tax increases, Mr. Miller said.

Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com

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