Redbank Valley teachers issue strike notice

From staff reports

The Redbank Valley Education Association said it notified the school district of the union’s intention to strike Sept. 13 if the labor situation is not resolved by that date.

Patrick Andrekovich, the Pennsylvania State Education Association representative, said in a news release the union provided acting Superintendent Amy Rupp with official notification that the teachers would strike at the beginning of the workday. The current contract expired June 30, 2019.

RVEA members authorized their negotiating team to issue a strike notice in November and reauthorized again at the beginning of this school year, Andrekovich said.

The association, he said, on Monday submitted a proposal to the district, including health insurance and salary concessions, saving the district nearly $1 million over the life of the contract.

“The District refused to accept our proposal, did not offer a counter-proposal, and has not offered dates to meet,” Andrekovich said.

After 800 days without a contract, he said, the association “has been given no choice but to issue our strike notification” for Sept. 13.

Efforts by the newspaper on Friday afternoon to contact the school district and Andrekovich for further comment were unsuccessful.