- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - The Columbus Day holiday and more negotiations are all that’s keeping teachers in one western Pennsylvania school district from going on strike.

The 130 teachers in the Ellwood City Education Association say they’ll strike Tuesday if a new contract isn’t struck before then.

The last contract expired June 30.

The school board and the teachers’ union have both expressed optimism that they’ll work out a deal before then but, so far, it hasn’t happened.

The district about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh has never had a labor-related school cancellation.

Although teachers picketed over a contract dispute more than 30 years ago, no classes were canceled. Teachers threatened to strike in 2006, too, but it was averted by a last-minute deal.

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