NEW EAGLE, Pa. (KDKA) — Last-minute negotiations broke down Tuesday in the Ringgold School District, which means a teachers’ strike will begin on Wednesday morning.
Classes have been cancelled in the district until further notice.
The teachers in the district have been without a contract since this summer. They voted to authorize a strike in August.
The union and district officials are at odds over pay and health insurance.
REA President Maria Degnan released this statement:
“We came to the bargaining session today ready to negotiate. Our members were and are ready and willing to consider a fair and equitable offer from the district. Unfortunately, the district did not come to today’s session prepared to make such an offer. They were unprepared to even begin discussion over key sticking points. The over-200 members of the Ringgold Education Association deserved to receive an offer from the district today. We regret that we did not.”
According to the district’s website, students in the MVCTC program should still attend their classes at the Career/Tech Center.
The next negotiation session is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23.
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