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Teachers Take Protest to Board Members' Homes

Groups gather in front of Strongsville school leaders' houses

 

Strongsville teachers protested in front of School Board members homes' Monday night as union leaders and administrators met to continue contract talks.

Board member Carl Naso said about 20 teachers gathered in front of his house for more than an hour, holding signs and candles.

"One guy was holding a tombstone, but I don't know what it said," Naso said.

Board member Ruth Brickley said she believes only eight or nine teachers were in front of her house. They stayed about 90 minutes before leaving shortly before 8 p.m.

There were protests in front of all five board members' houses.

The Strongsville Education Association filed a 10-day strike notice last week and plan to stop working March 4 unless a contract agreement is reached.

Teachers have protested at the last three school board meetings, and last week took a vote of no conficence in the School Board.

The School Board, meanwhile, has challenged the SEA to go public with contract demands and said the school district would also make its offer public.

The board is also gearing for a strike, hiring substitute teachers and passing a resolution that says non-union employees face disciplinary action or dismissal if they fail to report for work during a strike.

 

 

S March 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Bob -- If I showed up at my boss's house to picket/demand more money, I'd be fired and replaced within two days. What exactly is a "fair contract"? I've read the BOE's proposal and it seems MORE than fair. We're all tightening our belt buckles and EVERYONE is making sacrifices. I pay more for my insurance than I did a year ago and I haven't gotten a raise or a "step increase" since 2008 AND I fund my own retirement. And, like most teachers, I have a professional degree, student loans and certifications to upkeep. I work far more than 7.5 hours a day, don't have summers off, and regularly bring my work home with me. And you know what? I'm glad to HAVE a job. At least half of the people I graduated from college/graduate school with can't say the same. The SEA needs to be careful how they are portraying themselves right now. Considering the BOE Treasurer said yesterday that a school levy will be on the November ballot, I'd be pretty careful about pissing off taxpayers. I can say for certain that I won't be voting for it and likely, neither will my neighbors.
S March 06, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Since Tracy Linscott says it's ok, I think we should start with her.
MICHELLE March 06, 2013 at 05:34 PM
This morning on WTAM, the SEA Tracy Linscott, called it a "candlelight vigil" not a demonstraton/picket or otherwise......
S March 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The SEA should probably hire a PR firm to teach them how to present themselves to the public. I work in PR and the only thing Ms. Linscott's ramblings this morning did was make it next to impossible for a levy to pass again. Ever. I especially liked when she said the teachers weren't bullying--they were "standing up for themselves." Funny, in most schools if kids behaved the same way, they'd be expelled and would end up on the drudge report with the headline "STUDENTS CAUGHT ON VIDEO BULLYING!"
Betty Boops March 21, 2013 at 01:46 AM
The teachers want to keep their seniority. If a sales manager has 10 sales people working under him and half of them don't meet their quota, they are fired. And most likely the sales manager is fired also. So... when a teacher teaches 25 kids in his class and most fail. Should the teacher also get fired?

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