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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.

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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