The AHEA represents and negotiates on behalf of the teachers, counselors, and school nurses of the Abington Heights School District. The AHEA takes great pride in this democratic right afforded to us by law to have an equal voice at the negotiating table and in the opportunity it gives us to advocate for public education and for our students.
The AHEA began negotiations with the School District in February of 2017. We have met 12 times since.
In an effort to reach a timely contractual settlement, the AHEA limited the scope of bargaining to 5 key items. We informed the District of our intention to reach a settlement prior to the expiration of our current contract and the start of the school year. There is no reason that 5 items cannot be resolved in 8 months.
Salary and Benefits were 2 of those 5 important items. The AHEA has the right to open up all provisions of the contract to seek improvement. We did not. We chose to use our time wisely to negotiate these most difficult items first. Our teachers deserve a competitive and timely contract.
To emphasize the strength of our desire to reach a timely settlement, the AHEA issued a strike notice in June. Our hope was this would serve to notify the District of the urgency to settle a fair contract in a timely manner so as not to disrupt the upcoming school year.
The AHEA remains committed to settling a contract before the strike which is set to begin September 12th, 2017. The AHEA has shown willingness to meet in the middle on items of importance to the District as reflected by our acceptance and incorporation of two key proposals requested of the District.
The teachers, nurses, and counselors of Abington Heights contribute to an award winning educational system. We are deserving of a fair and timely contract. Our proposal seeks to maintain our level of benefits and seeks modest raises so as to keep up with the rising cost of living of our members.