The Neshaminy School Board has notified the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers (NFT) that all offers of salary increases to teachers for the 2008-09 school year, including salary step (increment) and horizontal column movement, are withdrawn. This means that teachers have effectively lost any salary increase at all for the current school year.
This is consistent with the position taken in writing by the Board negotiating committee since its first proposals were given to NFT on January 29, 2008, almost sixteen months ago, that any overall settlement would be effective only after it was ratified by both sides. No retroactivity of salary or any other contract provision has ever been offered by the Board.
The withdrawal of any salary increases for 2008-2009 modifies the written salary proposal that was made by the Board on April 14, 2008 and which, until now, has remained on the table without change. Further discussion of this and other unresolved issues will take place at the bargaining table.