Saucon Teachers Ask Mediator To Force Board to TableOctober 16, 2014 – In The News
Jeffrey Sultanik was quoted in the Lehigh Valley Live article “Saucon Teachers Ask Mediator To Force Board to Table.” Full text can be found in the October 16, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.
Teachers of Saucon Valley, who have been working under an expired contract since June 2012, are now asking a state mediator to require the school board to return with a fresh proposal in the next week or face an unfair labor practice claim.
Jeffrey Sultanik, Saucon Valley School Board solicitor, was puzzled by the letter."I have been doing this for 36 years and I have never seen a request like this made by someone bargaining on behalf of a union," he said.
The last meeting between the two sides was on October 8, 2014 where the board presented a new six-year contract offer.Sultanik said to his knowledge the union has not met.
The letter from the Saucon Valley Education Association attorney asks the mediator to "advise the school board to refrain from issuing the same stale proposal that has been rejected by the association for more than a year."
Sultanik said this letter is a feeble attempt at defending the union's own unfair labor practices.He also notes, “the board has been more than patient in dealing with the union in coming up with its proposals. If we are going to settle a contract, we need to settle it for a longer period of time and ensure labor peace in the school district for some time.”
Sultanik had yet to receive the association's letter Thursday afternoon.
“This is clearly a low class public relations effort on the part of the union," Sultanik said. "If they have a problem with our proposal they articulate it at the table. You don't just write to the newspaper."