Saucon Valley teachers begin strike

October 14, 2009 5:28:41 AM PDT
Teachers in an eastern Pennsylvania school district are heading to the picket lines for the second time in as many years.

The Saucon Valley School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to reject the latest contract offer from the teachers, who have been without a contract for more than a year. There are about 2,500 students in the district in Hellertown, near Bethlehem.

Eric Stever, spokesman for the Saucon Valley Education Association, says the teachers plan to stay out for 15 to 17 days, the maximum time allowed by state law.

The two sides have been at odds over salary increases and other issues. Teachers went on strike for a week in September 2008 to protest the lack of a contract.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com


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