Saucon Valley teachers, board digging into arbitrator’s plan

August 19, 2015 – In The News
Lehigh Valley Live

Jeffrey Sultanik was featured in the Lehigh Valley Live article “Saucon Valley teachers, board digging into arbitrator's plan.” Full text can be found in the August 19, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Teachers at Saucon Valley School District have been working under an expired contract since July 2012. In order to come up with a new, compromised contact, an arbitrator gave a 15 page recommendation.

This report came out Wednesday night and stated teacher salaries would be frozen for one year, the district has to agree to a small health care increase and only teachers that were on the previous 2008-2012 contract would receive retirement incentives.

Each side has 10 days to accept or reject the report, and according to Jeffrey Sultanik, "A costing of the impact of the arbitration award will be performed by the district administration and the board so that it can be analyzed in the context of where we stand in this process.”

Jeffrey Sultanik was featured in The Morning Call article “Arbitrator makes 'humble attempt at compromise' in Saucon Valley contract dispute.” Full text can be found in the August 19, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Teachers at Saucon Valley School District have been working under an expired contract since July 2012. In order to come up with a new, compromised contact, an arbitrator gave a 15 page recommendation.

This report came out Wednesday night and stated teacher salaries would be frozen for one year, the district has to agree to a small health care increase and only teachers that were on the previous 2008-2012 contract would receive retirement incentives.

Jeffrey Sultanik has said that “The district and union last participated in non-binding arbitration in 2008, and while it did not immediately lead to an agreement in that case, it did provide the framework for an eventual settlement,” which may help each side during their 10 days to accept or reject the report.