Saucon Valley School Board gives final best offer for nonbinding arbitration

June 9, 2015 – In The News
The Morning Call

Jeffrey Sultanik was quoted in "Saucon Valley School Board gives final best offer for nonbinding arbitration."  Full text can be found in the June 9, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

While the Saucon Valley School Board and teachers union prepare for nonbinding arbitration, the board recently put forth an October 2014 contract proposal as its final offer.

The public will have 10 days to submit comments on the offer.  The comments will be heard during a private hearing July 29 before the state's arbitrator.

The October proposal does not include $1.1 million in retroactive salary payments that were included in the February offer, the board's labor attorney, Jeffrey Sultanik, said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

The board's proposal would carry through until 2017-18.  Under the October offer, starting salary in the district increases from $44,232 to $48,987 and the maximum salary increases from $93,072 to $95,912. The average salary becomes $74,017 in the final contract year, Sultanik said. The contract includes average increases of 2.2 percent, 3.5 percent, 3.5 percent and 3.4 percent.

Taking graduate study courses could add up to 3 percent per year to the increases for eligible teachers, Sultanik said.

The arbitrator will make a recommendation for a new contract, which must be approved by both the school board and union to be considered valid.

The arbitrator's recommendation will be crafted on an issue-by-issue basis, with the arbitrator expected to issue his recommendation in writing by Aug. 19.