- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in an eastern Pennsylvania borough’s school district have decided not to strike after all.

The Nazareth Area Education Association announced plans for the Friday walkout after the district rejected its latest offer on Wednesday. The 341 teachers have been working without a contract since the end of August.

The school district had argued the strike may be illegal because the union didn’t provide enough notice. Now, both sides say they’re still talking while classes continued normally on Friday.

The board is pushing a contract offer proposed by a state mediator, while the teachers object to some of its terms including health care benefits and grievance procedures.

The school board plans to vote on the mediator’s proposal Friday night. The union is expected to vote on a contract proposal next week.

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