Dallas Teachers Rescind Strike Notice
The Dallas School District teachers union has rescinded a notice to go on strike Sept. 5, the first day of school for Dallas students, the district disclosed on its website Thursday.
A gag order imposed by Luzerne County Judge William Amerbury remains in place. Amesbury in June ordered district and union negotiators to engage in daily bargaining sessions.
District teachers have been working without a contract since September 2015. They had a one-day strike June 19, a strike for eight days earlier this school year and a strike for 22 days in 2016.
The courts got involved after state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera filed a request June 19 for an order to prevent teachers from continued striking — to ensure the district had 180 instruction days last school year.
Sticking points in labor negotiations have involved the how much to provide to fund pay increases and health benefits.