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District says no end in sight for contract dispute

California teachers may relate to a contentious situation brewing on the other side of the country. An ongoing contract dispute has been raging between teachers and district administrators. The teachers recently launched a strike that lasted approximately two weeks.

On a recent Tuesday, they returned to their classrooms for a full day of instruction, but their contract dispute remains unresolved. Representatives from the district say union teacher advocates have placed unfair demands on the district. Teachers, however, are adamant that their requests regarding salaries and health care benefits are not excessive.

One district spokesmen said the teachers' strike was nothing but a tremendous waste of time, especially because it solved nothing. The same spokesperson said the district can simply not afford to fulfill the outrageous demands issued by union members. The district also made it clear that it offers fair and competitive wages to its teachers. Such situations often affect more than those directly involved, such as students wanting to keep up with their curriculum and parents who worry that their children are falling behind because they can't go to school if no teachers are there.

Some say there is no agreeable end to the angry disagreement in the foreseeable future. Whether teachers will once again walk out of their classrooms and refuse to return has yet to be seen. Teachers aren't the only ones who often face contract problems in California. Anyone challenged by a current unresolved matter may seek guidance from an experienced business and commercial law attorney.

Source: mcall.com, "Palmerton teachers strike to end without resolution to contract dispute", Michelle Merlin, Jan. 23, 2017

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