Methacton strike ends, classes to resume Friday

- Methacton’s school teachers have brought their strike to an end after three days after the Education Association and Board of Education mutually agreed to enter arbitration, officials announced Wednesday night.

The non-binding arbitration agreement brought the work stoppage to an end, and students will return to school on Friday. 

Teachers in the Montgomery County school district walked off the job Monday after failing to reach an agreement with the district Sunday night.

Union representatives say the school board wants teachers to pay a greater share of health care premiums. They said they could not accept the proposal without a corresponding increase in salaries.

Parents were frustrated by the timing of the possible strike, but teachers argue their salaries are well below the county average, and it's now or never in terms of striking a deal.

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