.

Still No End to Strongsville Teachers Strike

Another negotiating session set for Friday

 

Another late night of negotiations, another day of striking teachers in Strongsville.

A  seven-hour bargaining session Thursday evening again failed to produce a contract agreement that would end the month-old teachers' strike here.

School Board President David Frazee said he attended part of the session and said the two sides are talking.

"I was pleased to see that there has been a significant amount of what appeared to be meaningful discussions taking place," Frazee said.

More talks are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.

Thursday's meeting was the second this week -- and the fourth since the strike started March 4 -- between Strongsville school leaders and the Strongsville Education Association, which represents 383 teachers and other employees. 

As bargaining teams met at a federal mediator's office in Independence, a couple hundred students and parents held a vigil outside the school offices on Pearl Road.

The fifth week of the strike has been an active one, with the SEA on Tuesday holding a rally on the City Commons at which U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke on behalf of the striking teachers.

The SEA then delivered a proposal to Superintendent John Krupinski seeking to move to binding arbitration, offering to have teachers return to the classroom until the arbitration hearing. 

The School Board rejected the proposal, which also called for both sides to withdraw any pending unfair labor practice charges. It also sought to have striking teachers held harmless for any actions taken before or during the strike. 

"No reprisals of any kind shall be taken" against any student, SEA member, Ohio Department of Education member, community member or parent because of support for or participation in the strike, it says.

"Furthermore all reprimands and/or disciplinary actions that were issued before the strike, as well as all pending reprimands and/or disciplinary actions that were to be issued for actions that occurred prior to or during the strike shall by nullified by this agreement," the proposal reads.

The two sides met in the federal mediator's office for 14 hours on Wednesday. Thursday's session started at 3 p.m.

Recent Stories:

Protests Continue at School Board Members' Homes

No Deal Yet in Teachers Strike; Talks Continue Thursday

How Much is Teachers' Strike Costing Police Department?

Union Says Strongsville Teachers' Salaries Aren't Out of Line

Police to Crack Down on Daytime Curfew Diring Strike

Teachers' Union Criticizes Cost of Keeping Schools Open

Students Trickle Out of District During Strike

'No Progress' After 11-Hour Negotiating Session

Teachers Union Files 3rd Unfair Labor Charge Against School Board

Strongsville Teachers' Strike Week 4: No End in Sight?

For other stories on the teachers' strike, click here.

• Get the latest Strongsville news delivered to your inbox every morning by signing up for our free newsletter. Click here.

• See when each new story is published by liking us on Facebook.

lyn April 06, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Elsie- About replacing these strikers permanently... all they keep saying is, no, can't do it. But when asked where does it say that, or asked anything else similar - not ONE has backed up what they say. They seem to know how to repeat what each other has said, but you would think at least one of them would want that same answer and be willing to answer our question. Which leaves us to assume, the only answer is, yes, they can be permanently replaced. And that they cannot refute the NLRB which states this.
Buster Chops April 06, 2013 at 11:40 PM
"No reprisals of any kind shall be taken" against any student, SEA member, Ohio Department of Education member, community member or parent because of support for or participation in the strike, it says. "Furthermore all reprimands and/or disciplinary actions that were issued before the strike, as well as all pending reprimands and/or disciplinary actions that were to be issued for actions that occurred prior to or during the strike shall by nullified by this agreement," the proposal reads. Translation: Sure we were unruly, disobedient and acted like fools, but can't we just forget all of that? Cut off the heads of the Hydra and bring in young people who are more interested in kids than they are in living in $500,000 homes. They are probably more aware of good teaching anyway with Praxis testing and National Teacher Tests. Who believes that everybody gets better just because they have been around long enough to take more breaths?
Pedro Cerrano April 07, 2013 at 11:41 PM
molly shut the hell up - You and your union co-horts decided to strike. You walked out on good paying jobs and now look like a bunch of spoiled brats who are not getting their way. Picketing in front of houses and businesses although not against the law just doesn't look good in the court of public opinion. For the life of me I don't know why he board members don't turn on their sprinklers when you are picketing in front of their houses. It doesn't look good and either does asking for more money from the tax payers when you are overpaid to begin with. Go to Cleveland City Schools where they work in a dangerous setting for a hell of a lo less than you make. Those teachers are role models. The Strongsville teachers are greedy.
Pedro Cerrano April 07, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Molly comparing you and the Strongsville teachers to Rev Martin Luther King is hilarious. Maybe you need a history lesson. Next you will be comparing yourself to Jesus Christ. Neither of these great men were selfish and greedy. Nice try with the comparison but keep trying. Your group is more like a mafia. Greedy and bullying to try and get what they feel they are entitiled to. I hope you like standing outside making no money and paying for Cobra. Most people would love a great paying job with excellent benefits. You morons walk out on this type of job and it is everybody else who is to blame?? Enjoy summer vacation. It looks like it came early for all of you.
Tina Lewis Kozarik April 12, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Hi Lyn, I'm so sorry I just saw this now. Let me talk to the other leaders of our committee and see what we come up with. Thanks!

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »