The District Negotiations Team has continued to have regular and ongoing negotiations meetings with the Teachers Negotiations Team (Unionville Chadds Ford Education Association or UCFEA) regarding a new contract for our professional staff. The existing contract expired on June 30, 2015. While we are still trying to work out some specific differences in contract language, the primary areas of disagreement revolve around Salary and Benefits. The District's position is that the current proposal on the table from the UCFEA is at a total value well in excess of what is sustainable and financially viable.
In order to provide additional perspective on these issues as we pursue a fair and reasonable settlement, the District has notified the UCFEA of the intent to call for a Fact-Finding hearing as the next step in our negotiations process. We are hopeful that the hearing will take place quickly, and provide independent and non-binding information that can allow us to achieve a settled contract as soon as possible. The Fact-Finding process is a formalized hearing and analysis that is organized by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) and operated under PA School Code and other pertinent state law. Once completed, the UCFEA and the District will have the opportunity to review, and then approve or disapprove the results. If no contract is reached from the Fact Finding process, the Fact Finding Report is made public by the PLRB.
As always, we look forward to a swift, fair and reasonable settlement.
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District