Arbitrator’s teacher contract plan $4.3M costlier, Saucon Valley says.

August 24, 2015 – In The News
The Morning Call

Jeffrey Sultanik was featured in The Morning Call article “Arbitrator's teacher contract plan $4.3M costlier, Saucon Valley says.” Full text can be found in the August 24, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The Saucon Valley School Board says that a neutral arbitrator’s contact recommendations would cost the district at least $4.3 million more than the last contract.

On Wednesday, labor attorney Timothy Brown issued recommendations to settle the contract dispute, which both sides must now agree on within 10 days.

According to Jeffrey Sultanik, the board labor attorney,Brown’s salary projections, not taking into account raises for teacher graduate work, costs $4.3 million more than the board's final offer submitted to nonbinding arbitration.

The teachers have freedom to strike after each side votes on Thursday, so the scheduled August 31 school day might end up being delayed.