Line Mountain teachers picket for pay

HERNDON — Teachers are taking a stand for a fair contract in the Line Mountain School District.  A group of over 80 teachers and supporters gathered in front of the Line Mountain Junior/Senior High School Tuesday night holding signs and protesting. 

Pennsylvania State Educational Association UniServ representative Mark McDade was among those at the protest.  “We have a school board who refuses to bargain with the teachers in good faith.  They would rather bargain in public with the community, which only causes angst among community members.  It also treats the teachers with disrespect and disregard.”

The picketing followed a less than ten-minute school board meeting.  The teachers are protesting the fact that they have been working for over a year without a contract.  Their salaries have been frozen since July of 2012.

McDade says they have been getting mixed messages from the school board.  “We don’t understand why the school board president says he is willing to meet with us, but then the board doesn’t provide us with a proposal and they refuse to set negotiation meeting dates in an expeditious fashion.”

The next meeting date is set for April 22.  During the protest Tuesday, supporters and union officials from neighboring districts joined Line Mountain staff.  (Codi Jade)

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