New Castle News

August 13, 2013

Union teachers working under old contract

Lugene Hudson
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The first day of school for students in the Union district is Aug. 26.

However, the teachers — who will have in-service days Aug. 21 and 22 — will head back to the classroom under the terms of their previous three-year contract, which expired June 30.

Negotiations between the 58-member Union Area Education Association and the district have been under way for about 10 months, but the sides have not yet reached an agreement on a new contract.

“We are still working out some details,” said superintendent Dr. Alfonoso “Butch” Angelucci.

He said the district had hoped there would be a settlement in time for the start of classes, but did not elaborate on what are the stumbling blocks.

Rose Ann Fulena is the chief negotiator for the union. Jason Clare, current union president, deferred all comment to Fulena, who also said any specifics cannot be discussed until a new contract is reached.

“Our goal is a fair agreement and the board will work with us for what’s fair for both the district and members of the association,” Fulena said. “We’re not there yet.”

Talks have been amicable, she said, adding another meeting between the district and representatives of the association will be scheduled as soon as a date and time can be solidified.