Strongsville Teachers Shout at Subs as they Apply to Replace Them

More than 100 SEA members hassle potential substitute teachers


A large group of Strongsville teachers jeered potential substitutes as they applied for jobs at City Council chambers Sunday morning.

Shouting "scab" and "this is our house," the teachers lined the sidewalks in front of the Strongsville Police Station during an open application session.

Superintendent John Krupinski said at least 100 potential substitutes applied for positions in Strongsville schools starting Monday, when teachers are expected to begin a strike.

"They are being fingerprinted and undergoing a background check," Krupinski said. "No one goes anywhere unless they pass it."

Meghan Paris of Cleveland, who has been a substitute teacher for four years, said she was hassled when she walked in to fill out an application.

"This lady was screaming in my face, calling me every name in the book," Paris said. "They said I was taking their job. But you're striking -- I'm not taking your job."

The Strongsville Education Association, which represents the teachers, is expected to meet at 5 p.m. today to take a strike vote. 

SEA President Tracy Linscott said the members were there Sunday morning to show the replacement teachers they were not welcome and show the community that the subs cannot fill existing teachers' shoes.

Linscott predicted that next week, "Strongsville City Schools is going to be a shell of what it once was.

-- See attached video for more from Linscott -- 

Police Chief James Kobak said there were no incidents of violence reported. 

"It's very vocal," Kobak said. "But they are complying with our orders."

Also, reports of a substitute bringing a gun were false. Kobak said a resident went to the police station to turn in an old, unwanted handgun Sunday morning.

"It had nothing to do with the strike," he said. "It was just bad timing."

The SEA and school district failed to reach an agreement after an eight-hour bargaining session on Saturday. 

The school district posted both sides' proposals on its website Saturday evening. 

Krupinski said the district's proposal, which seeks to convert a 9.3 percent pension pickup into salary, raise teacher contributions to health insurance 5 percent and eliminate yearly step increases, "reflects the economic realities."

"A district is mandated to operate with a balanced budget," he said. 

Linscott, who said the School Board failed to negotiate in good faith during Saturday's session by leaving the bargaining table while a proposal was being drafted, said making the proposals public is illegal and the SEA will likely file a complaint.

Theresa March 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Amy, you are so right, who would ever want their children to be in the same room as the teachers who are screaming and swearing! I have to admit to being truly shocked at their behavior. Going on strike is one thing, but their behavior is inexcusable!
Dave March 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM
A quick poll... How many of you that voted against SB 5 wish you didn't?
Elliot Ness March 16, 2013 at 08:23 PM
All the rights the unions won...a long time ago are in place..........now its all about pure GREED! All Americans that work pay towards their health care, teachers feel they shouldn't have to! You feel fine having the taxpayers pay for your health care and bloated wages for part time work! When it comes to MONEY it reduces supposedly intelligent people to nothing but pure GREED. GREEDY little pigs. Oh, but its for the children! You GREEDY little pigs need to pay 1/2 of your health care and stop getting paid just for showing up. You need to be evaluated for your teaching skills and let go if you can't cut it. After all its for THE CHILDREN! GREEDY LITTLE PIGS...OINK OINK
JD March 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM
No kidding! Non union folks have to pay health care! It's not unheard of or even frowned against to ask for more money or benefits from an employer, but if the institution you're seeking it from doesn't have it to give then you have to continue working or seek employment elsewhere. Our family moved from Cleveland to Strongsville so our kids could go to a better school; if we have to pay any more taxes, we'll have to move back to Cleveland! I did a salary search of my child's Cleveland teachers versus her Strongsville teachers; they make DOUBLE or more in the suburbs! It urks me to no end- the audacity of these teachers. They're holding our kids "hostage" and using the union as leverage.
Elliot Ness March 17, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Your right Shelly, Most UNIONIZED professions like cops and fireman are loaded with freeloaders, and thieves of every kind. The KEY word is UNIONIZED, were you basically have to kill someone to get fired. If you're a good teacher, my hats is off to you. If your one of the ones that get the same high pay for just showing up, not challenging your students, they for the more then full time pay for 9 months a year and all the days off, of course you don't want any ACCOUNTABILITY for the skills to teach our young. Sorry you don't like public scrutiny but welcome to the real world! It seems some teachers would rather just collect their fat paychecks and tell the parents and school board how things will be. Yes, this is how many of us parents see the union and the teachers they protect from public accountability!


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