Rally for Teachers Contract in East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Dozens of teachers, parents, and students in the Poconos rallied for a new teachers contract.

A crowd formed outside the East Stroudsburg School District's administration building Monday evening.

The teachers union says it has been in negotiations with school officials for the past two years with no new contract agreement.

"Most contracts now boil down to the money issues, your healthcare and your salary. I think our proposals over the past two years--we've offered very significant health care concessions in our view--and basically, what we're asking for is a cost of living increase," said Joe Formica, East Stroudsburg Education Association.

Teachers in East Stroudsburg say they don't want to have to resort to a work stoppage, but they say two years without a contract is "demoralizing."

3 comments

  • Mickey Fleming

    I don’t know what anyone’s opinion is on this, however, I’m tired of having my property taxes raised (school tax) every time these Teachers want more money and hold the kids hostage to get it. “Pennsylvania ranks ninth for starting teacher salaries and about the same for an overall salary average of $63,521. Factor in the cost of living, and Pennsylvania teachers’ salaries might look even a little better — because some of the higher-salary states tend to be considerably more expensive to live in. According to 2016 statewide data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania’s elementary and secondary teachers earn an average of $63,093 per year, compared to $47,540 for all workers.” Now, I wouldn’t mind so much if the U.S. were in the top 10 in the world on education, but, the U.S. is currently around 40th in the world. I say, no more raises until the U.S. gets to at least 15th in the world. Just my opinion.

  • tentative77562308

    I guess job security, 2 hour delays, snow days, spring break, winter break, nearly every holiday on the calendar, three months off in the summer, early retirement at 85% of salary with health care for life is not enough.

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