Pa. teachers ratify deal to end long dispute

LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — Teachers in a suburban Philadelphia school district have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract that would end a five-year-long labor dispute.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/11CQSP1 ) says the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers voted 487 to 21 Monday night in favor of the proposal.

Union spokesman Bob Schiers said the district is expected to review the contract June 13. He said “The ball is in their court.”

Officials said the new contract would cover seven years, five of them retroactive, and some of the biggest sticking points were class size, teacher voice and a few retirement issues.

Teachers in the district, which has about 7,000 students, went on strike twice last year. The 633 teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and nurses have been working under the terms of an expired contract.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

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