Glimmer of Hope in Saucon Valley Contract Dispute?August 20, 2014 – In The News
Jeffrey Sultanik was quoted in the WFMZ-TV article “Glimmer of Hope in Saucon Valley Contract Dispute?” While the full text can be found in the August 20, 2014, issue of WFMZ-TV, a synopsis is noted below.
Negotiators attempting to resolve a long contract dispute in Saucon Valley School District have scheduled a meeting.
Sultanik, who represents the district, said the meeting was scheduled at the request of the chief negotiator for the teachers union.
Sultanik said the school board’s negotiators will be going into that session with the “express understanding” that the Saucon Valley Education Association will be submitting a new proposal, not just reiterating its last proposal.
“The board interprets this to mean that the association’s last proposal, contrary to the position of the association, was not a ‘final’ proposal as advertised by the union’s attorney,” said Sultanik.
He also stressed “that the board’s willingness to meet with the association should not be construed to mean that the board has deviated from its position that any contract settlement needs to utilize the fact-finder’s recommendation as a reference point.”
“The board remains hopeful that the association will submit a proposal that is more consistent with the school district’s employment marketplace.”