NESHAMINY, Pa. – The ongoing contract dispute between the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and the cash-strapped Neshaminy school district might result in a teacher’s strike beginning Monday, June 4.
The pending strike would be the second this school year, and would disrupt the final exam schedule for the district’s high school seniors. It could also delay their graduation ceremony, which is scheduled for June 13.
The latest strike threat is apparently the last straw for some community members who have decided to take matters into their own hands.
The group “Taxpayers for a Fair Neshaminy Budget” plan to gather today to stage a peaceful protest against the union’s bullying tactics. The community protest coincides with the latest round of contract negotiations.
On its website, the community group explained the reasons for the protest:
“These 650 NFT BULLIES are DEMANDING that the 69,000+ Neshaminy school district residents accept contract terms that are not fair to our students, their parents or the community at large! To satisfy their greed, MORE school programs would have be cut, additional schools may close, taxes will sky rocket and our property values would continue to decline!
“These NFT union BULLYTHUGS make more money and have better benefits than many of the very people who employ them!
“Well, we’ve had enough and we’re NOT going to take it anymore!”
The group’s anger is obvious, and serves as further evidence that teacher unions are unraveling the fabric of Pennsylvania communities with their divisive tactics.
And until state officials put an end to Big Labor’s ability to hold students hostage, as more than 30 states already have, we don’t see the situation changing any time soon.