The federal mediator assigned to the contract negotiations between the striking Strongsville teachers' union and Board of Education has called a session for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17 to resume talks.
It will be the first meeting between the two negotiating teams since the teachers' union went on strike March 4.
“The federal mediator has asked that our negotiation team be present,” School Board President David Frazee said in a news release. “As I have indicated in the past, the board’s team will be present whenever the federal mediator calls for a meeting.”
The negotiations will take place at 1 p.m. at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service regional office in Independence.
The Strongsville Education Association, which represents the 383 striking Strongsville school employees, set a meeting for today at a regional union office, without the mediator present, and called on all five school board members to attend.
Board members said they would not be at the meeting, and said the negotiating team -- which does not necessarily include board members -- would meet only when the mediator arranged a bargaining session.
This will be the third meeting that the federal mediator has scheduled since the teachers’ strike started on March 4, but it is the first with the negotiation teams.
The other two involved only two key players from each side and focused on how to proceed, not on actual contract discussions.
To see the contracts proposed by each side, click here.
“We will continue to keep the community informed as the mediation process continues,” Frazee said.
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