- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DALLAS, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in a northeastern Pennsylvania school board have returned to class after a seven-day strike, but are threatening to picket again if a new contract isn’t struck by Nov. 22.

Dallas School District teachers returned to class Tuesday. The union says they’ve made a new offer to help the district save money on teachers’ health care benefits.

The district’s chief negotiator and solicitor, Vito DeLuca, says the school board will review the offer and try to schedule more contract talks.

Dallas teachers haven’t had a contract since September 2015 and had threatened to strike again Sept. 5 if that didn’t change. They delayed that decision in hopes of reaching a last-minute deal.

DeLuca says the district can’t raise taxes high enough to cover the increases the teachers want in salaries, health care costs and pension contributions.

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