PBC teachers voting on new contract

By Chuck Weber - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Teachers in Palm Beach County may finally get a new contract. It all comes down to how they vote.

Results of the online vote were expected Friday evening, but a computer glitch is forcing a delay. That glitch involved the spam filters at the district holding up the username, password and link for teachers to vote.

The offices of the Classroom Teachers Association confirmed the computer glitch thus resulting in very few teachers voting on the contract Thursday. Therefore, the voting has been extended.

Now, this contract is for last school year. The deal was announced in late August by CTA president Robert Dow and superintendent Dr. Art Johnson.

The union leader called the contract an insult to teachers, but said it was time to move on urging teachers to keep fighting for a better deal.

On the contract for the current school year, which is still being negotiated, the superintendent says times are tough, and, while teachers have had no raises, Palm Beach County has avoided teacher layoffs.

The deal for last year would give each teacher a one-time bonus of $500.

Voting has been extended through 5 p.m. Monday.

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