The strike authorization means that the bargaining team can call a strike at any time as long as there is 48 hours` notice to the district, the association said in a written statement. According to a press release from the West Shore Education Association, the new collective agreement provides for general salary increases for the following school years: West Shore district teachers rejected the district`s latest contract proposal and allowed their union`s bargaining team to call a Friday night strike if necessary. “While the negotiation process has been lengthy, we appreciate the willingness of the district negotiating team to work with us last month to reach a contract before the end of the year,” Downs said in the press release. Later, in an interview, he added, “I wouldn`t say anyone is jumping forward, but we were able to meet on this, so we found a place where both are happy with the results.” The union`s bargaining team said it would go to the school committee to develop new bargaining dates to avoid a strike. On November 2, the union and the district announced that they had reached an interim agreement, but they did not release details and the two sides agreed not to comment to the media on the agreement until it was voted on. At its meeting on Thursday, the school board voted on the contract, in which the 576 members of the West Shore Education Association also reviewed the agreement before Monday`s vote. The association represents teachers, counsellors, domestic and school visitors, librarians and psychologists. The total number of teachers employed in the West Shore School District by grade classification is shown below. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2013, MSA: York-Hanovre, SOC codes: 25-2011, 25-2012, 25-2021, 25-2022, 25-2031, 27-2022, 25-3098, 25-9041 Total number of school administrators and assistants working for the West Shore School District are shown in the table below. The contract expires retroactively from the 2014/15 school year and expires on June 30, 2020. The table below shows the average salary and fluctuation margins of teachers made available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the York-Hanovre area and its surroundings. There may be large differences in pay due to experience or level of education. For example, a teacher with a master`s degree in training may earn more than an entry teacher.
Kevin Downs, a science professor at the college and president of the 559-member federation, said the union did not disclose the vote count. Downs said the borough and the education association have accepted a language that worked for both parties under the Cadillac tax, which would not affect the district until 2023, after the contract expires. For the most part, the educational association will absorb the Cadillac tax up to a certain amount of money or make changes to the plan to go under tax. The estimated value of the administrator and teacher services provided by the West Shore School District is shown below. These estimates are based on figures from the NCES Finance Survey (2012).