UPDATE: Tentative Agreement Reached at Valley Grove

| August 10, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – On Thursday, The Valley Grove School District reached a tentative agreement with Valley Grove Education Association (VGEA) on a collective bargaining agreement.

A joint press release from the two parties says they are planning upcoming ratification meetings.

Once the agreement is ratified by both parties, the teachers’ strike that had been scheduled to start on August 28 will be officially canceled. No public comments or other information has been released by the Valley Grove School Board or Education Association at this time.

The original strike notice was issued by the Education Association on June 6 following their rejection of what the board called its “final offer.” The heart of the disagreement between the two parties revolved around wage increases and healthcare contributions.

Following several negotiating session during the spring, Valley Grove teachers, who had been working without a contract since June 30, 2016, felt it was time to press the issue.

“Today marks 705 days since our contract expired and, as our signs read at the last board meeting, our members will not accept one more year without a contract,” VGEA President Amanda Fox Culver said in June.

Though the two parties had contended their respective sides of the issues publicly in the past, no public comments were issued regarding the ongoing negotiations over recent weeks until the announcement of the tentative agreement was made.

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