On Wednesday November 9, 2016 the Board of School Directors held a special meeting in order to consider the report of Fact-Finder William Lowe. Mr. Lowe was assigned by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in order to provide recommendations to the Board and the Association regarding its impasse in negotiations.
The fact-finding process with Mr. Lowe and the Association occurred over a 40 day period wherein both parties submitted significant data for his consideration in making his recommendations to the parties. We are pleased to report this evening that both the Board and the Association approved the recommendations of Mr. Lowe on Wednesday evening.
As the result, the parties have now settled its dispute and the process of updating the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the recommendations of Mr. Lowe has begun.
The report provides recommendations for the parties in a number of areas including wages, healthcare, tuition reimbursement, and on-line learning.
The recommendations of the report represent a compromise from the original positions of the parties. The Board approved these recommendations recognizing the need to resolve the bargaining impasse while at the same time balancing the fiscal needs of the District over the short and long term.
A copy of the report of the fact-finder will be available on the District website beginning tomorrow.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact James Harris at 610-582-6140 or email at James.Harris@dboone.org.