The Bethel Park Federation of Teachers has approved a fact-finder's report, which could be the first step toward settling a contract that expired in June 2010.
The union released a statement today saying the report now goes to the school board for a decision. District spokeswoman Vicki Flotta said the board will meet in executive session Wednesday night to vote on the fact-finder's report.
The result of that vote will be reported to the fact finder. At that point the report becomes public and the board takes another formal vote on the matter within 10 days.
The union said that if the board accepts the fact- finder's report, it will be the basis for a new, six-year collective bargaining agreement. According to the union release the contract would run from June 2010 through June 2016.
The Bethel Park teachers staged a six-week strike in the fall of 2010. The union called for fact-finding in March 2012, but two months later both the teachers and board rejected the fact-finder's report.
This time, the district requested the fact-finding process. Ms. Flotta could not say when the board will take its initial vote on the report.
Diann Smith, president of the teachers' union, said in the release that although the teachers were disappointed with some aspects of the fact-finder's report, a settlement would allow both sides to refocus attention on the education of students.
Mary Niederberger: email@example.com or 412-263-1590. First Published October 7, 2013 8:25 PM