New Details of Tentative Pact Show How Saucon Valley Teachers, District Reached Compromise

September 8, 2015 – In The News
The Morning Call

Jeffrey T. Sultanik was quoted in The Morning Call article, “New Details of Tentative Pact Show How Saucon Valley Teachers, District Reached Compromise.” Full text can be found in the September 8, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Details of a tentative deal between the Saucon Valley School District and its teachers show each side made concessions that will increase salaries, but still not make teachers the highest paid in the Lehigh Valley.

The two sides announced a tentative agreement last week. The union voted Aug. 27 to accept it and the school board is expected to vote on it at a meeting Tuesday. It looks likely the bitter, nearly four-year impasse could be over.

"Any solution after a long and stressful negotiation will leave both parties shorted on their expectations and goals," Fox Rothschild partner Jeff Sultanik said in a news release. "Pending the board's acceptance of the tentative agreement, both parties are committed to the opportunity to move the district forward."

Sultanik said Friday neither side would comment on the tentative agreement until Tuesday, but late Sunday he issued a news release detailing the tentative six-year deal, which shows the starting salary increasing from $44,232 in the first year to $50,882 in the last year of the contract.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sultanik said the board and union will both comment.