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Striking Shamokin Area School District teachers are returning to work after being on strike since Jan. 20

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COAL, Pennsylvania — Striking Shamokin Area School District teachers are returning to work after being on strike since Jan. 20.

Northumberland County President Judge Charles Saylor on Wednesday ordered the educators back to their classrooms so the district could meet a state requirement that students complete 180 days of school by June 30.

The district's 182 teachers walked off the job after the school board rejected a fact-finder's report. The board supported salary provisions, but wanted to continue negotiating health care.

The union says that walkout was a continuation of a strike the teachers staged between Sept. 8 and Sept. 28.

The collective bargaining agreement expired in June 2011. Terms were extended through June 2013 and the teachers have been working under the terms of the expired contract ever since.

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