Strike called af­ter board rejects union pleas

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

Be­fore a packed room mostly fiOOeG wiWh PePEeUs Rf Whe :is­sDhickon Ed­u­ca­tion Al­liance (Sup­port) union, the Wis­sahickon School BRDUG hDPPeUeG Whe finDO nDiO inWR Whe FRf­fin WhDW OeG WR D sWUiNe EeinJ called.

The WEA came be­fore the board at the Oct. 22 meet­ing to ask the board to re­con­sider a pre­vi­ously UeMeFWeG fDFW-finGinJ UeSRUW UeJDUGing terms for a new con­tract and for the board not to pass a res­o­lu­tion that would au­tho­rize the dis­trict to so­licit ven­dors to pro­vide sub­con­tracted sup­port ser­vices. The union finDOOy DsNeG WhDW Whe WwR siGes DJUee to a new con­tract, so as not to bring about a strike.

7he ERDUG UeMeFWeG Whe SOeD WR UeFRn­siGeU Whe fDFW-finGinJ UeSRUW, WROG uniRn UeSUe­senWDWives iW hDG fiOeG un­fair la­bor prac­tices against them for re­fusal to bar­gain and passed the res­o­lu­tion to seek sub­con­tracted ven­dors, caus­ing the union to an­nounce a strike will be­gin Mon­day, Oct. 29 be­gin­ning at 7 a.m., un­less the board changes its po­si­tion be­fore then.

The con­tract be­tween the WEA, the union for the dis­trict’s sup­port staff, and the dis­trict ex­pired June 30. Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gan in Jan­uary, but an agree­ment has yet to be UeDFheG. 7his sSUinJ, D fDFW-finGeU is­sued a re­port, which the union acFeSWeG EuW Whe GisWUiFW UeMeFWeG.

Among those in­cluded in the WEA sup­port staff are sec­re­taries, class­room aides, bus driv­ers, cus­to­di­ans, main­te­nance per­son­nel, lunch as­sis­tants, tech­ni­cal as­sis­tants, grounds per­son­nel, se­cu­rity per­son­nel and nurs­ing as­sis­tants.

The strike will shut down bus­ing op­er­a­tions, forc­ing par­ents to pick up and drop off their students on the way to and from work. Schools will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. dur­ing the strike, while adults will be on hand to pro­vide su­per­vi­sion for students dur­ing the ex­tended time pe­ri­ods, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict.

Anne Marie McDow­ell and Joann Groark, WEA co-pres­i­dents, sent a

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