Teachers' Union Won't Vote on Strongsville School Board's Offer

SEA made counter-offer instead, president says


The Strongsville teachers' union won't put the School Board's newest contract offer to a vote of its members.

"No, we won't, because we gave them a counter-proposal," said Tracy Linscott, president of the Strongsville Education Association. "That's how it works."

The board's newest offer, which came during a negotiating session April 14, was the first movement from its "last best offer" and offered some concessions to striking teachers.

But Linscott said the SEA has already made a counter-proposal, which leaves the ball in the School Board's court.

"It's up to them to do something now," she said.

The two sides have called on the other to take steps to end the strike, which is nearly seven weeks old. 

On April 9, the School Board called on the SEA to allow its 383 members which the union initially rejected on March 3.

The SEA wants the board to agree to binding arbitration, saying teachers will return to their classrooms immediately while the contract is worked out.

Linscott Won't Be at Board Meeting

Linscott said this week she does not plan to attend the School Board meeting Thursday, April 18, in order to leave the session open to parents who have questions about the strike.

"This is the first time parents have had an open forum to get answers," she said.

The board canceled both meetings in March and the first one in April due to concerns over disruptions and security.

Only SEA members who have children in the Strongsville schools will go into the meeting, Linscott said. 

The rest will gather on Lunn Road for a protest that will not disrupt the meeting, which has been moved to the Strongsville High School auditorium to accommodate the expected crowd.

"I am not going into the meeting," Linscott said. "Parents are frustrated they're not getting their questions answered."

Blood Drive Set

The SEA will have a blood drive on Friday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades hall, 8257 Dow Circle in Strongsville.

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Keith April 19, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Kim Like I said I don't live in your area...I'm truly a neutral party...I live in NW Ohio and am still reading over both sides last proposals...to be honest there is a lot of room for movement on both sides..I don't believe the board should cut Voluntary professional raises but I believe the teachers can give on the health and dental a bit...as far as the pay raises there is plenty of room to move there on both sides...as far as education and sports fees you would be surprised at what and independent audit can do for that and what happened here was the cost was split by union and board....
terry April 19, 2013 at 03:47 AM
The highlight was the stay at home dad (who has to go get a job now that his wife is striking) who went ballistic because they wouldn't call his name. What a looser, dropping F bombs in front. Of the small kids in attendance.
Huffmaster Plant April 19, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Jeff DeJongh, professional jackass
Keith April 19, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Is it true that there are HS classes that have over 30 and upwards of 40 students in them...I did read in the teachers proposal that they are asking class sizes max at 28 ... The board has refused to address this in there proposal...but at same time I understand that some of the schools need serious bldg repairs...
Keith April 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM
When was the last time the school district built a new school bldg or renovated any of the existing ones?


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