Abington Heights Teachers Strike to Continue

SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP -- A teachers strike will stretch into a second week in Lackawanna County.

Union officials from the Abington Heights School District tell Newswatch 16 teachers will be back on the picket lines Monday morning.

Teachers rejected a new contract proposal from the school board Friday night.

The union and the board plan to meet again Monday to negotiate. Teachers could strike until October 2.

The two sides have been at odds over raises and health care costs.

31 comments

  • Nittany

    Here’s a thought….. Fire every single teacher on strike and hire all new teachers who are struggling to find a teaching job and end up having to move out of the state. These teachers don’t know how good they have it. They’re obviously not thinking of the kids at all….. isn’t that why you become a teacher? Complaining because they are being asked to help out with their medical benefits? They should consider themselves very lucky that they are even offered medical benefits, not to mention a lot of these teachers with families have their entire family under their healthcare plan. As far as copays and deductibles….. wake up educators we all have to pay those you’re NOT privileged!!! I’m so tired of hearing about these teachers and their ridiculous demands!! You’re Pathetic and you should be ashamed of yourselves!!!

  • teach your children well

    I would invite you haters to get informed about this job. First it requires generally 5 years of college these days (4 in a subject area and one to cover all the required education/pedagogy/student teaching). Let’s be very conservative and say $25k/year — that’s $125 in debt for many. Let’s also count $25k/yr in lost wages while in school. That makes $250,000 dollars lost. In reality it is higher. Secondly I would love to see you spend a week in a classroom and see the reality of what goes on. Most of you could not stand a complete week (without even mentioning the grading, preparation, parent conferences etc). Think before you speak.

    • E

      Ha ha ha ha! You’re counting money you didn’t earn BEFORE you got your degree towards your education cost?! That makes absolutely no sense ha ha ha ha! So based on your logic the 60K dollars a year I earn now but didn’t while in school is part of my educational costs?! You are a moron who is trying to strengthen their weak arguement with bills*it ha ha ha! Don’t choose a career path then complain about the negative aspects. Wow only in Northeastetn Pa. lol.

      • wwjd

        I would think you are smarter than that. If you go to school, you not only have the cost of going to school but the lost wages during that time. It’s pretty simple really.

    • Take The Red Pill

      What is a hater? Is it someone that hates paying people with their hard earned tax dollars and then doesn’t receive the services that they’ve paid for? Am I a hater because I detest greed? I must be a hater because I hate that these people carry signs, eat donuts, and drink coffee ON MY DIME.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Yeah yeah these worthless piece of excrement are going to continue to hold the kids hostage..be very proud of yourselves…are these the idiots who don’t want to pay $80 bucks towards their own health care……If I was that school board you’d all be buying your own plan in the obama exchanges like most of us have to. TEACHERS ARE DISGUSTING.

  • Buck Rogers

    Teachers don’t make nearly enough which is why they need good benefits or else why do the job? A lot of people commenting are just upset they don’t have enough a decent job apparently. “I have to pay X why should they get a better deal!” People are complaining about the state of our education system and then saying these teachers don’t deserve decent jobs. You can’t have it both ways. If you really cared about the future of this country you’d want the best teachers money can buy. Unfortunately there’s very little money in teaching.

    • Get Real

      In THIS AREA teachers make disproportionately more than the majority of the taxpayers who are paying for the teachers salaries and benefits. The refusal of the teachers to pay $20 per week towards their premiums is an insult to the taxpayers and the students.

      • Buck Rogers

        No it’s not an insult. If you don’t like your job or don’t make enough money you can get a new one or move. That’s on you, not the teachers. You pay teachers low wages you’ll attract lower quality teachers and you’ll doom kids to be in the same boat as you when they’re older. Bitter, tired, and resentful that you never took an opportunity to find a better job. We should be trying to help our kids be more successful than us and to do that we need good teachers. There are many jobs here that pay more than the average tax payer some being government jobs. That’s life. Not everything is fair. If you want that kind of “fairness” you should go to N Korea you commie.

      • magicmikexxsm

        BUCK ROGERS really teachers make low wages lol …the average starting teachers salary in NEPA is 41,901. and we all know the majority are making 10k to 20k or more then that…..so spread your lie’s some where else..what did you go to the school of Hillary Clinton Lying…..

    • El Ma

      BUCK ROGERS, please. You’re either a union member, an educator, or married to an educator because teaching is a CALLING, not a career. Today, there is no “teaching” involved in education. It’s all preparation for standardized testing, taking the place of parents, and attempting to instill values and ethics in children that are hopelessly neglected in that area.

      Your argument is that people who are working 60 hours a week to provide a better life for their families earning 1/2 of what an average teacher earns, annually, is expected to provide benefit packages on THEIR dimes to the people who are being paid handsome salaries to prepare these children to move on to higher education is a farce.

    • Take The Red Pill

      Duck Dodgers I don’t know what world your living in but you need to sit down and have a nice tall glass of STFU before you open your stupid mouth about this problem. Use your head and think about what would happen if you were a corporate manager and decided to complain about your benefits and walked off the job in protest. You wouldnt have a job waiting for you if you ever came to your senses and returned.

  • Stumpy

    This is over $5.77 a day. Shameful, greedy, selfish, snooty and sunburned by the end of this week. Oh wait, “but the kids come first…..we love the children.” No, “we” love our taxpayer funded bank account

    • El Ma

      Yeah……that would mean that they’d have to forego their morning Starbucks pumpkin latte on the way to school. What a cruel, cruel world……….

      • Gopher Grace

        One day I hung around outside watching the dunkin donuts parade. There were some skinny broads mixed in there too

  • In a galaxy far far away

    What we should do is organize a large tax payer coalition and picket across from the teachers! Who is in? I will make the signs “Get back to work…you get enough” …And the rotten tomatoes to throw at the head of the teacher’s union. Enough is enough already. Just keep raising property taxes. When does it end? We rank near the bottom of the list of industrialized nations in math and science yet have the most expensive education system on earth. So don’t say we are getting what we pay for as most of the money is going for pensions and benefits rather than the quality of education! Right now, the Polish people are asking how many Americans does it take to change a light bulb? Answer three: one to hold the light bulb and two highly compensated teachers to turn the ladder!

    • El Ma

      This is a GREAT idea. I agree with this and I also believe that the whole education system is hopelessly broken. I don’t even HAVE kids in school, and I have to pay these people to walk a picket line and whine about paying $80 for their health insurance when I pay a whopping 1/5 of my income for health care coverage. The closest description of this that I can think of is, “ATROCIOUS!!”

  • 1 + 1 = 3

    The hardest working person in this strike must be the head of the teachers union. He has the task of trying to convince the teachers that the public really is on their side.

  • Lance

    I pay $100 every 2 weeks for mine and my employer pays 80% of mine. So these teachers should stop whining and pay their share like everyine else. They want the taxpayers to pay more instead

  • Eat At Joe's ;-)

    Fire them all. Disband public education completely and let parents and districts figure it out. This has gotten out of hand.

  • Bob Calvey

    I wish I only had to pay 80$ for my insurance only difference I in private sector public sector jobs think that they are owed this get in the real world no sympathy here sick of your whining

    • El Ma

      I’m in complete agreement. I have to pay approximately 1/5 of my income on my health care coverage. ONE FIFTH. Shame on these people, and shame on the union for making all educators appear to be whining, complaining, selfish, money-grubbing pigs. Not all educators support striking during the school year and this practice should be strongly discouraged.

      • In a galaxy far far away

        What we should do is organize a large tax payer coalition and picket across from the teachers! Who is in? I will make the signs “Get back to work…you get enough” And the rotten tomatoes to throw at the head of the teacher’s union. Enough is enough already. Just keep raising property taxes. When does it end? We rank near the bottom of the list of industrialized nations in math and science yet have the most expensive education system on earth. So don’t say we are getting what we pay for as most of the money is going for pensions and benefits rather than the quality of education! Right now, the Polish people are asking how many Americans does it take to change a light bulb? Answer three: one to hold the light bulb and two highly compensated teachers to turn the ladder!

      • PA Resident

        Don’t forget their entitled!!! To pensions too when they retire. PA can’t even pass a budget. And pension is the buzz word.

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