Act 141 Meets Act 88 in State Capital
The Harrisburg School District is one of four school districts in financial recovery status under Act 141 of 2012, which we have described previously as an Act 47 for school districts. Part of the law involves the preparation and submission of a school recovery plan by the chief recovery officer.
According to an article, upon the presentation of the recovery plan, (which can be viewed here) the Harrisburg Education Association announced that it intended to strike after working without a contract for close to four years. Members of the union that showed up to a meeting detailing the plan wanted to know what the plan’s impact on bargaining might be.
Act 47 says new collective bargaining agreements cannot violate the terms of the recovery plan. What does Act 141 say in this regard? While Act 141 gives the school board power to cancel or renegotiate contracts, collective bargaining agreements are exempt from this provision but it does state that the board can “Negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement if the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement will effect needed economies in the operation of the district’s schools.”