2012-01-19 / Local & State

No New Talks Before Pa. Teachers Slated To Strike

LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) – No further talks are scheduled in a southeastern Pennsylvania school district in which teachers have announced a walkout beginning Monday.

The Neshaminy School District in Bucks County says it cannot afford the proposal by the union, which represents 654 teachers.

The teachers in the Bucks County district haven’t received any pay increases since the last contract expired in 2008, but they pay nothing toward their health insurance premiums.

Board president Ritchie Webb says even meeting half of the demands would require tax increases, spending of reserve funds and reduction of student programs.

The union says it has offered concessions worth millions and accuses the board of failing to negotiate in good faith.

School district officials say some special education and athletic activities would continue during a walkout.

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