Upper Darby teachers reject tentative contract agreement

Mike DeNardo
December 05, 2018 - 12:52 pm

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Members of the Upper Darby Education Association made their feelings known to the school board Tuesday night, one day after the union overwhelmingly rejected a tentative contract agreement. 

Salaries are at issue, and union leaders say too many Upper Darby teachers have to work second or third jobs — and that the tentative agreement, with its reported 3 percent raise over four years, didn't sufficiently address that.  

"The rejection of the (tentative agreement) comes down to just the membership didn't feel like it really does good things for the future of the district," added Pennsylvania State Education Association spokesman Zeek Weil. "And that's why it was ultimately voted down."

Mark Fitzgerald, the labor lawyer for the district, said the board is waiting for the union to outline to them where the tentative agreement fell short.

"From my understanding, really the next steps lie with the association, with the union," he said. "They rejected it, and we need to know what specific shortcomings there were, from their membership."

The 1,000 teachers and other staffers have been working without a contract since the previous pact expired in July. The two sides have not yet set a date to return to the bargaining table.