Lake-Lehman union claims victory in state filing


First Posted: 9/15/2008

The Lake-Lehman teacher union issued a press release this afternoon claiming success in an unfair labor practice complaint filed earlier htis summer. The complaint contended that the board has failed to negotation in good faith and had violated the law by releasing contract proposals to the public.

Int he statement, the union says the two sides reached a settlement on the issue Sept. 11 and that "the school district agreed to bargain in good faith on a regular basis as required by law. Additionally, the distric agreed to submit any collective bargaining proposal to the Lake-Lehman Education Association’s chief negotiator in the first instance as required by law."

The agreement is posted here. The press release is below:

Lake-Lehman School District

 

 

Agrees to Follow the Law    

 

 

 

( Wilkes-Barre ) The Pennsylvania State Education Association filed an unfair labor practice with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board against the Lake-Lehman School District for violating several areas of (Act 195) Public Employee Relations Act earlier this year and a settlement agreement was reached on September 11, 2008. The school district agreed to bargain in good faith on a regular basis as required by law. Additionally, the district agreed to submit any collective bargaining proposal to the Lake-Lehman Education Association’s chief negotiator in the first instance as required by law.     

 

 

 

“Essentially, the school district agreed to follow the law. They no longer can conditional or surface bargain, which they’ve been doing during this entire collective bargaining process. Additionally, they must meet us on regular basis to bargain and they can no longer release their contract proposals to the media or the public before giving them to the association,” PSEA Region Field Director John Holland said.   

 

 

 

Lake-Lehman teachers have been working under an expired contract since August 2006 and the school district hasn’t bargained with the union since April 2008.  

 

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