Teachers' Union Rep Says School Board has 'Dug Their Heels In'

Saturday is last chance for a contract agreement before strike


A representative of the Ohio Education Association said there was "no movement" toward a settlement during the latest round of contract talks between Strongsville school officials and the teachers' union.

"The board did not come in with a proposal," said Todd Jaeck, labor relations consultant for the OEA. "It seems they have dug their heels in for a prolonged strike."

The two sides met for more than four hours Monday evening.

Another meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at a federal mediator's office in Independence.

"That's the last session before a strike," Jaeck said.

Superintendent John Krupinski could not yet be reached for comment. (Strongville Patch will update the story once Krupinski can be contacted).

The Strongsville Education Association has if a contract settlement is not reached.

Teachers are reportedly removing their personal belongings from classrooms, and the school district is advertising for substitute teachers

During Monday's negotiating session, groups of teachers gathered in front of the five school board members' homes, holding candles and signs and chanting "fair contract" to passing cars.

Meanwhile, the SEA has distributed both sides' proposals to its 385 members, but has not yet taken the School Board up on its challenge to post them publicly on the school district's website.

The school district has hired Huffmaster Strike Services to help manage a potential work stoppage. A Huffmaster company called Alternate Workforce Inc., is handling the hiring of substitute teachers in the event of a strike.

Subs much have a valid Ohio teaching license or certification, the ad says, and must undergo a background check.

James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I am at work right now talking into my phone
MW February 28, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Did you ever think that perhaps the people posting are housewives (or housedads). Maybe they are out of work like so many other Americans. Maybe they ARE at work, and, like myself, can actually take a couple minutes to post a quick comment at lunch or on one of their breaks. Aside from all that, who are you to even ask in the first place...why don't you just mind your own business and not worry about what "posters" do to support themselves. I'm very sorry that you have a job where you are expected to work every minute of your entire shift...must really suck to be you.
NeedtheFacts February 28, 2013 at 01:27 AM
A man who can multitask! Not solely directed at you, by the way. Just curious- much time/effort spent here expressing thoughts and bantering back and forth incessantly... carry on.
MW February 28, 2013 at 01:35 AM
And you are doing the same...whatever. Peace, out, as you were.
NeedtheFacts February 28, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Content in my work; if I am being paid, I expect to be working my entire shift, not on browse social media. I am trying to put into context where the poignant comments are stemming from. Though none of my business, I asked to gain my own personal perspective on this situation from another's point of view.
golf77 February 28, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Hey Todd Jaeck, please due all us a favor and shut the pie hole!!!. If you guys do not have the guts to post your proposal, than please, do us all a favor and do not try to negotiate through the media. If you can't produce the facts in "Writing" than I don't want to hear from you, as I would describe your comments as misinformation. You are not to be believe and if you think your comments and comments from the rest of the so called union are going to sway the community, I think you have another thing coming. I think this time the teachers and the union have not only reached a boiling point with the board but with the general public(Voters/Taxpayers: just to remind you!!!)
CleveGal February 28, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Lyn, What is it you do for a living? I'd LOVE to know because you seem to "live" on this Patch. I can't imagine you have a REAL job. You do realize that the only teachers making the salary you are referring to, are those who have taught for MANY MANY years, and in any profession, it would be perfectly normal to expect the same compensation after 20+ years. Although you're probably some bitter, nasty person with no education who hates anyone making over minimum wage, even though they EARNED it through hard work, dedication to their profession and EDUCATION. Do YOU have what it takes to be a teacher? If so, I'd challenge you to becoming a teacher in Strongsville. Maybe you think you'd do a better job running a classroom. Do YOU have a Masters degree and countless hours at home to spend grading, planning and calling parents to ensure 100% dedication to your students. TRY IT BEFORE YOU KNOCK IT. It SURE is easy to do anonymously but I'd love to see you before a panel of interviewers and then in front of children each day, and of course all the evaluations by your administrator. GOOD LUCK LYN!!
James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 04:17 AM
clevegal you the 4th person trying to float that false statement tonite about 25-30 years needed for top scale I just stopped at G COOK, TOBEY C. $80,869.00 15 years COYER, ROBIN A. $79,643.00 14 years FRINDT, ROCHELLE L. $78,128.00 9 years GABA, LAURA E. $78,128.00 11 years these figures do not include the hidden $8600.00 pension pickup the city has been paying the teachers for years
CleveGal February 28, 2013 at 04:22 AM
If you think that is top pay for working 9-15yrs at your profession with the level of education teachers are expected to have, then I wonder what you do for a living because you're sorely underpaid. I have friends without even a Bachelors degree making six figures in medical sales, with a year or two experience. Isn't teaching our children one of the most important and valuable resources we have as a community? To devalue that is showing me that you think our children aren't worth it.
Beverly February 28, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Interesting James...Ask your children how Toby Cook "teaches" & if they ever learned anything in his classes. First ask them how often he was even there to teach, because he's gone alot & collecting additional salary for being a soccer coach. Then ask them how often they saw movies to fill class time when he was physically present . He makes over $80K plus additional salary as a coach,in addition to his premium benefits & golden retirement package. Granted,he is not the norm of that behavior& most teachers work very hard to educate their students,but he is still one of many pieces of dead weight that needs to go along w/the others who collect incredible salaries yet put in little effort. Why aren't the other teacher's angry about that & asking for change/to have their compensation based on their performance?
James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 04:40 AM
huh you dropped your propaganda from 20+ down to 9+ and to your other talking point "Isn't teaching our children one of the most important and valuable resources we have as a community" , actually we do not need teachers we can,have and will teach our own children
CleveGal February 28, 2013 at 04:42 AM
That's cool James. Go for it! Homeschool. No one is stopping you ;-)
tom m February 28, 2013 at 04:45 AM
hey clevegal do you know Mike Summers ..who is the owner of Summers Rubber Company
MW February 28, 2013 at 04:48 AM
CleveGal: You seem to be a teacher or someone who is very closely connected with one. You present yourself as being extremely pompous with your comment, "you're probably some bitter, nasty person with no education who hates anyone making over minimum wage". So, what amount is enough for teachers to be paid? Should teachers all make "six figures" like the non-degreed friends you speak of. Hell, maybe everyone should make six figures. Let's just raise minimum wage to $40 an hour...that will solve all the problems. Fact is, Strongsville teachers make a very nice wage and have a really nice benefits package to go along with that wage. We are not saying they should make less, just simply that it is FAIR...more than fair when you compare it to many surronding communities, and there comes a time when the public, myself included, says enough is enough. We just CANNOT afford anymore. I'm repulsed by your comment about education...I do not have a college degee, however, I am a certified computer professional, and as far as I'm concerned...pretty damn intelligent. Anytime you want to challenge me to an IQ test I'm game. College degrees DO NOT necessarily equate to intelligence; I have met plenty of not so bright college graduates in my lifetime and I do not intend that to be a knock on college educated people, just a fact.
James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 04:48 AM
shhhh you cannot use teachers and performance in the same comment
tom m February 28, 2013 at 04:53 AM
she ran out of stories and ran away
James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 04:55 AM
such a shame I was looking forward to more witless comments
MW February 28, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Yes James, you should homeschool if at all possible. If you don't want your child exposed to the liberal agenda that is being filtering down from Dept of Education to the states to the local school districts and then right into your kid...absolutely, home schooling is the way to go. Our kids our intentionally being stupified. How can we spend all this money on education, yet, the nation as a whole is falling further and further behind the rest of the world in education. What other explanation can there be that we spend more now than ever before educating our children, yet they are not being educated as well as they once were when we spent far less per child.
James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Mw I was just about to remind clevegirl (teacher) that teaching is a public convenience and with private ,charter and home schooling on the rise public schools are heading down the same path as street sweepers, one day no longer needed
MW February 28, 2013 at 02:37 PM
James: good analogy. Not comparing them equally but yes, trash collectors for instance, once upon a time, were all employed by cities. And, now, almost all cities contract it out to companies (Strongsville included) because the free market does the same thing so much more efficiently and for far less cost. The same could and should happen with teachers. Get rid of the BS bureacracy and let the free market dictate wages, performance, and how our kids get educated...I guarantee our kids would benefit from this and the teachers that are superior performers would benefit too! A win-win for everyone while at the same time weeding out the non-performers.
T Jefferson March 01, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Does anyone know what time and where the BOE and SEA will continue in the negotiations this Saturday, March 2nd? I would really like to get there early to cheer on the BOE. Any takers??
Morgan March 01, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Dave, you seem to be perfectly fine with allowing these scabs to teach for the next three months. Please tell me how you think these "qualified" subs are going to prepare AP students for their exams. I would love to know.
tom m March 01, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Well Morgan come monday it will no longer be any of your business........ since you will be out on the sidewalk with the rest of the teachers
Morgan March 01, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Actually, no, I will not be out picketing with the teachers. I will be in the classroom with the rest of the 2013 senior class of Strongsville High attempting to comprehend how the argumentive skills of adults probably 30 years my senior could be so emotion-driven and immature.
Morgan March 01, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Therefore, it is very much my business and I would love an answer. How are we going to be prepared for our AP exams?
lyn March 01, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Per Debbie's article from Feb. 26 - "meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at a federal mediator's office in Independence." But I would stay away from there. Might get ugly. Last summer when Brecksville was going through this, the teachers congregated outside at the same location.
lyn March 01, 2013 at 01:24 PM
About those AP exams- I wonder if that's the exam I read that, if the teachers strike and they are not there for something to do with the exam (preparing or administering?), they were warned they would be fired. It was because the teachers needed to be present for some mandatory duty and if they weren't - bye bye. Does anyone know about this?
Morgan March 01, 2013 at 08:06 PM
No it wasn't. Those were the OGT tests that sophomores take. Passing them is required for graduation. The AP Tests are taken at another site that is not the school, and is completely optional. However, a high score the test is required to earn college credit for Advanced Placement classes.
lyn March 01, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Morgan- Thank you for clarifying.
Dave P. March 02, 2013 at 08:03 PM
As a taxpaying citizen who the teachers work for, all I can say is "you're fired" goodbye you greedy union thugs


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