Luzerne County school board files labor charges against union

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 28, 2017 10:23 AM

(Dallas) --  A northeastern Pennsylvania school board accuses teachers of mounting an illegal strike and refusing to submit to mandatory arbitration.

The Dallas School Board in Luzerne County has filed a state unfair labor practice charge against the teachers union. 

It also alleges teachers have set a date for a second unlawful strike.

The district hopes to save $500,000 in what it says are salaries and benefits that union members will not have earned because they failed to work the required 185 days.

The union's chief negotiator, John Holland, says the district's complaints are "without merit."

The union contends the district illegally changed the school calendar.

Teachers in the district outside Wilkes-Barre have been working without a contract since 2015.

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