Wissahickon School District Collective Bargaining Agreement
“Both parties have agreed to move to arbitration,” said Chairman Joe Antonio. “We were prepared to make concessions and accept a proposal that cost the borough a lot more than we expected when we started the negotiations. We still hope to be able to work towards a compromise with our Union. We have taken several steps in their direction, and we hope that they will move forward in a reasonable and timely manner, recognizing that beyond the cost of the award, it would be very difficult for our taxpayers to justify themselves, because a neutral arbitrator has already ruled on this issue. Then, a meeting between the school board and the union will take place on May 28 or 29. One of the reasons Wissahickon is a leader in education is that we appreciate the importance of people. We believe we attract and invest the best and smartest people who demonstrate energy, compassion and commitment to improving the lives of our students by facilitating their academic performance and individual well-being. We emphasize professionalism and teamwork in everything we do to exceed community expectations and provide an excellent educational program. In return, Wissahickon is committed to supporting its employees through an environment of professional support and remuneration.
In our six schools, we have a mix of long-time collaborators who have invested more than 15 years in the county and many new employees. Our new recruits are quickly welcomed into the school community and find rewarding professional and personal relationships. We offer competitive salaries, excellent performance, a support team environment and unparalleled training programs. An unwavering commitment to bridging the performance gap – The awareness that diversity encompasses several demographic characteristics – A celebration of our differences – A non-negotiable expectation of tolerance throughout the Wissahickon School District should not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, skin colour, national origin, gender , disability, age, religion, parentage or other legally protected classifications. This policy is consistent with state and federal laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the “Education Amendments” of 1972, sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the With Americans Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Act of Human Relations of Pennsylvania.