Teacher aids, support staff striking over contract negotiations in Northumberland County

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UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Educational support staff from Shikellamy School District are striking over contract negotiations Monday morning.

Eyewitness News is told 63 union members have been on strike for about a week. They say they have been negotiating their contracts since January 2020.

The board wants teacher aids and support staff to give back $6,000 per year — for the next five years.

“They’re not just students, they are our kids. We love them and we are there for them and we want our parents to know we give 100 percent. And they want to subcontract our job. We won’t know what’s going to go into those buildings with our kids,” said Jodie Kovaschetz, the president of Shikellamy Educational Support Professional Association.

There is a negotiation session scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday evening. More than a dozen negotiation sessions have taken place already and have been unsuccessful.

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