— More than a month after talks about a possible strike, the North Pocono School District teachers union met last week to vote on a strike date. Following the conclusion of the meeting and a vote to strike, the union set a strike date to begin April 18.
According to Bill Lydick, UniServ representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the date allows additional time for the two sides to reach an agreement.
It was reported that negotiations for a new contract, which expired last summer, began back in November 2011. On Jan. 30, 2013, the North Pocono Education Association voted to authorize a strike.
Although the specific issues contested in the negotiations are still unclear at this time, it has been previously reported that significant factors include raises and health care benefits.
The bargaining units from both sides were expected to meet Monday night in hopes of reaching an agreement so a strike can be avoided.
North Pocono Superintendent Bryan McGraw and North Pocono School District teachers union president Jeanne Yazinski declined to comment on the matter at this time.