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Teachers to Announce Plans for Potential Strike

Work stoppage in Strongsville could happen March 4

 

The Strongsville Education Association will hold a press conference Thursday evening to "provide details on its current labor dispute" with the Board of Education and to "announce its plans for a potential strike," according to a spokesman for the Ohio Education Association.

If the union issues a strike notice, teachers could stop working as early as March 4.

The press conference, which will be open only to union members and the media, is set for 6:15 p.m. at Strongsville High School, 45 minutes before the regular School Board meeting starts.

The SEA represents about 385 teachers, guidance counselors and special education interventionists in the Strongsville school district.

Teachers on Feb. 15 voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

A negotiating session is set for Friday.

But teachers, who loudly protested the ongoing talks at the school board's Feb. 7 meeting, have indicated the two sides are still miles apart.

 

Tracy Smith February 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Jan I agree that we must unite as a community, but in so doing we need to realize that sacrifices need to be made. Many of the individuals in the area have not seen a pay increase or have actually possibly taken a pay cut to keep working. While we all are making adjustments we still continue to support the schools the best way we can through various fund raising activities, volunteerism and just helping one another out. So when I hear slogans like "we're worth it" it truly seems to allude to money and benefits and if a teacher is part of our community they would realize we are pinching pennies and that most of us have lost property value and its really hard to truly believe its about the kids and not their pocketbooks.
Tracy Smith February 20, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Lyn - That could be an issue also if that child has a sibling you may not want them split up between two schools.
Jan Cast February 20, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Teachers DO NOT get paid holidays or paid vacations. They are ONLY paid for the days that are in the school year. PLEASE post only accurate information. Misinformation is never productive.
lyn February 20, 2013 at 04:23 PM
How would you like me to phrase it- Is this OK: Teachers only work ABOUT 9 months out of 12 for the year. During those 9 months, they also get off: Labor Day Election Day Thanksgiving - 3 days Christmas/New year break - 8 days Martin Luther King Day Presidents Day Spring Break - 6 days Memorial Day And, maybe 3 days they'll close the school for bad weather. And, how many sick days? 15 per year? And, whatever that number is, they can carry them over year to year and accumulate them. Nice little perk. Try the real world where some people don't get sick days or if they do, they only get them and use them if they are sick. PLEASE correct me where I've made an error above. I've been curious just how many sick days these teachers get and if they really do get all these days off. And, did I miss any?
lyn February 20, 2013 at 04:24 PM
If you are not working and it is during the school year, how can you not think of it as a paid day off?
Kim L February 20, 2013 at 04:30 PM
YES JAN we know 150 of the 380 teachers are paid 79,000.00 to complete 184 days of work which they are also given on top of their salary pension pickups worth about 6000.00 and in return as enrollment drops their class sizes are decreasing making their workload lighter POOR THEM (jan before you bring it up 150 of the teachers are in the 79-80k bracket some more some less that is why I put 150 of 384)
Chapman Mom February 20, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Jan can you clarify that please, if there is 3 of the 5 snow days used for weather are the teachers paid for those days?? or do they have to give money back
strongsville guy February 20, 2013 at 04:54 PM
They will not strike in the winter, number 1 to cold, number 2 it would impede on there spring break. And why our the taxpayers not invited to this meeting but the media is. I am going to go there and I am going to chant No more fees, No more pay to play, No more 100% pension match, No more small medical co-pay. Fair for the parents. Oh I forgot this is "for the kids"
tom m February 20, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I am pretty sure the Patch will report the happenings correctly .... day after day the patch separates itself from the plain dealer by proving that they can report the news not interpret the news for us
tom m February 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I like that ....TEACHERS ARE WHITE COLLAR CROOKS ..............lol
Jean Williams February 20, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Kim I bet that teacher can grade all those tests in 2-3 minutes poor overworked teacher And Jan what does this mean ? "meet with colleagues,"
Hibs February 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Lyn, I'm sorry, but I really don't believe your neighbor, a teacher, supports your views. I'd like to know what you do, or did, for a living. And would you sign a contract stating you would NEVER again get a raise? That's ludicrous, and anybody saying they would is lying to themselves and others. My daughter is a 1st grade teacher and she works extremely hard and cares deeply for her students, and strives to create a safe and nurturing classroom. Her day doesn't end when the bell rings. She takes work home and works late into the night, grading papers and preparing for the next day. She obtains her continuing education on her own time with her own money. Parents send their children to school, trusting that they will receive respect, gain pride in their accomplishments, learn to their greatest potential and be treated as the individuals they are. Teachers are given this difficult task, and they have trained, and continue to train, so that they can provide these kids with the tools and education they need to succeed in life. Teachers are the students' caregivers, mentors and role models for 8 hours out of every day, Just like their parents, they want and best for them and work hard to accomplish that goal.
James Murphy February 21, 2013 at 01:09 AM
and what a role model they were at the board meeting arriving late and leaving early, and wont they be great role models walking away from the kids when they dont get their way as to your even larger bogus (propaganda) comment "And would you sign a contract stating you would NEVER again get a raise?" its a contract how do your write NEVER in a contract ?? in 2 years its over with never is gone poof new contract and I am sorry but if your daughter is a first grade teacher she cannot be very bright since she needs to "She takes work home and works late into the night, grading papers and preparing for the next day" they are 1st graders what are they writing 15 page reports (but it is great to hear from yet another PARENT of a teacher)
Hibs February 21, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I did, Lyn! In fact, I didn't have a choice - I had to take the day off. I'm sorry, but again, what is your profession, and didn't you pick your profession? Just like you, teachers chose to work in a field where they thought their talents and skills would be best put to use, educating our young! Should they be penalized for pursuing a career in something they believe in?
Sunny Day February 21, 2013 at 02:04 AM
I spend hundreds of dollars each summer for my classrooms. All the supplemental materials are bought by teachers. Since I have taught K-6 my garage is packed with materials. I don't throw them away because I can be moved to a different grade each year. I took several classes last summer which cost me over $2,000. When I go home I grade papers. Last quarter I graded 3,240 papers. I buy my students candy, pencils, trickets, popcorn and other items for the holidays. On my 50 minute planning time I make copies, cut paper, answer parent emails and phone calls, check homework, go to meetings and I leave 5 minutes to use the restroom. I get 1/2 hour lunch the other 1/2 hour is for helping students. I get paid for 10 months, not 12. I spend my summers working on school. Looking up websites, taking classes, getting materials ready, updating assignments and other school related activities. I love my job but I am tired of being called lazy. Come walk in my shoes for a week. Some said we are babysitters okay lets do the math 29 students times $10 per hour= $290/hour * 6 hours a day= $1740/ day times 180 days I am owed $313, 200. I'll take that pay!
Sunny Day February 21, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I spend hundreds of dollars each summer for my classrooms. All the supplemental materials are bought by teachers. Since I have taught K-6 my garage is packed with materials. I don't throw them away because I can be moved to a different grade each year. I took several classes last summer which cost me over $2,000. When I go home I grade papers. Last quarter I graded 3,240 papers. I buy my students candy, pencils, trickets, popcorn and other items for the holidays. On my 50 minute planning time I make copies, cut paper, answer parent emails and phone calls, check homework, go to meetings and I leave 5 minutes to use the restroom. I get 1/2 hour lunch the other 1/2 hour is for helping students. I get paid for 10 months, not 12. I spend my summers working on school. Looking up websites, taking classes, getting materials ready, updating assignments and other school related activities. I love my job but I am tired of being called lazy. Come walk in my shoes for a week. Some said we are babysitters okay lets do the math 29 students times $10 per hour= $290/hour * 6 hours a day= $1740/ day times 180 days I am owed $313, 200. I'll take that pay!
James Murphy February 21, 2013 at 02:27 AM
you do know that is all tax deductible like all other occupations as un-reimbursed job expenses and your 290.00 number is off is off for a daycare provider I believe they make 9.00 an hour to watch ALL the kids
Beverly February 21, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Dear Sunny,you sound like a wonderful dedicated teacher. When you chose teaching as your career you had to know that what you just described was how it would be. You are to be commended,but it is your CHOICE to put all that time & money in. Alot of people spend alot of time at their jobs and don't get close to 2 months off plus holidays,snow days,etc. They don't get premium insurance or retirement benefits either.Most these days are just happy to have a job given the economic stress of the last several years. But,not many Strongsville teachers-all they seem to do is complain about what they don't get. I can tell them how they can get rich quickly:count their blessings. Everyone has a tale to tell-could you walk in a nurses shes? or a postal worker, in constant fear of losing their job and pension? I think the main point to be made of all of this is that we all give/work hard,but when a great majority of the citizens of a city can barely afford to pay their bills,something has to give.We've all given with constant levies over the last several years. We have no more to give-our property values are down,our food ,gas,ultility & health insurance costs have skyrocketed,yet we make little more than we did a few years ago. We simply cannot go on& it's more irritating to see people who just don't get this. Please teachers,be grateful for what you have & if you can't find that gratitude,then please find another job & see if the grass really is greener-I can assure you it isn't.
lyn February 21, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Jan- When did you last teach here?
lyn February 21, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Hibs- You can't believe a Parma teacher making $14,000 less, who has been teaching for over 30 years, feels like I do? Tell me, which teacher has a more difficult job - that Parma teacher or one here? And, if she has to pay her own pension contribution, as almost every district in the state does, that is a total monetary difference of $22,000. She has a very low opinion of these teachers expectations. The posters I don't believe on here who want outrageous pay and benefits for teachers, are- -those saying they are teachers in poor districts, who are making less, have much worse working conditions and have more difficult problems with what their students bring to the classroom -all these new, first time posters sounding like teachers, but saying they are not teachers -those few who keep coming back on here under a different name Where is it said they would NEVER in their lifetime get a raise? Quit spreading rumors like that unless you care to back it up. That's a low union and teacher tactic when terms are not known. If a teacher is making $40,000 - you think they are expected to make that for the next 30+ years of their work life? Do you really believe that? In a 2 or 3 or 4 year contract that only can cover THAT period of time? If that were true, I would agree that is unfair.
lyn February 21, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Maybe my neighbor should think about going after a teaching position here if they go on strike. She would be grateful to work her last few years closer to home, and make more money doing that. Plus, as she has received much recognition over the years, I would welcome her as an outstanding teacher to our district.
SHARON SMITH February 21, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Good for you sherri o - I too am a 58 yr old unemployed female who has been looking for a job for 2 years and have worked temp jobs, part time jobs, and everything in between and still have no perm job. You know what I say to these oh poor me teachers, let them all strike and replace every last one of them. Do they know how lucky they are - they should be ashamed of themselves - did you see the video where they were driving around in their Lexus and Escalade cars and they are crying - why don't you put yourselves in my shoes and not even be able to afford a gallon of milk - I am so sick and tired of all of you overpaid teachers I hope you all get fired and replaced the very first day of your strike - again, start looking at how lucky you are - how would you like it if you could not afford to feed yourself, and cry and go look for a job every day and get passed over because of your age - I SAY FIRE THEM ALL THE MINUTE THEY STRIKE
Jean Williams February 21, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I do not think the teachers are "overpaid" I think they are worth every penny , I just think they need to be contributing more towards their benefits (like the rest of us have all had to) !!! which includes the elimination of pension pickup pickups
sarah February 21, 2013 at 06:20 PM
As a prior union worker for the State of Ohio and a mother of two children in Strongsville Schools, I say to the teachers, "Strike!" I support them 110%. I was laid off after working as a law enforcement officer for twelve years. For some reason, teachers and law enforcement wokers tend to get screwed the most, when we do the most for communities. When you keep taking away, it's cruel and unfair. So, teachers of Strongsville, I support you! Put on your warm clothes and stand out there as long as you need to!
Not Crazy February 21, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Amen!
James Murphy February 21, 2013 at 09:48 PM
well sarah thank you for keeping us safe and with 12 years seniority I am sure you will be called back soon
lyn February 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Regarding sarah- Hey, this might be confusing, so read closely. Click on sarah's name and see what her posts are. She first posted, then deleted, that comment that now appears as under "sam jones" on today's article - that one about his mom working in a non-certified position. I'm sure others saw in their emails that the same message came through under 2 different names. What's up? In her other comments, in January, she also had said her mom is a teacher. And people wonder why we on here don't giver credence to those commenting? This is also the person who said she bought a $150,000 house making $20,000 per year. Sorry, can't figure out this person.
James Murphy February 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Very good Lyn Sarah failed to mention that her mom is a teacher sarah 3:25 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 I would just like to say that my mom teaches at one of Strongsville's middle schools and the MAJORITY of the "riff raff" reside in Chestnut Lake's Section 8 housing. This is a verified fact. Just sayin. It makes me sick to drive down that part of our beautiful city. It needs to be fixed up. So so so so glad that Sheetz and O'Charleys is approved!!!!
Kim L February 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I HEARD the teachers want a 15,000.00 a year raise and a paid 3 month summer holiday
Kim L February 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM
who's MOMMY is a teacher

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