West Shore School District teachers reject new contract proposal


NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – West Shore School District teachers have rejected a new contract proposal.

Union members have not had a new contract or pay raise in two years.

Along with raises, health insurance remains a big-ticket item in the ongoing dispute.

Additional to rejecting the proposal, the teachers have authorized a bargaining team to call for a strike if needed.

“Teachers’ overwhelming support to authorize a strike if necessary shows strong solidarity for our bargaining team,” Kevin Downs, a middle-school science teacher and president of the 559-member West Shore Education Association, said in a release. “The district had been trying to divide us by offering increased salaries for some of our members, but at a cost to our newest members and those who have been here the longest. In the end, our members decided to stand strong together and not allow ourselves to be divided.”

The bargaining team is able to call a strike at any time, as long as it provides the district with 48 hours notice.

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