Strongsville teachers strike

Teachers in a Cleveland-area school district are going on strike. More than 380 members of the teacher's union in Strongsville voted to strike Monday.
Associated Press
Mar 4, 2013

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio

Union members — including teachers, guidance counselors and psychologists — voted Sunday to reject the Strongsville School Board's last best offer.

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The strike culminates more than seven months of regular negotiations and more than a month of protests from the teachers at board of education meetings. On Sunday teachers demonstrated at the Strongsville Police Department.
 
School Board President David Frazee called the teachers' decision "unfortunate," but said the district will move forward to "keep the schools open and keep everyone safe."
 
Substitute teachers will fill in. The district southwest of Cleveland has about 6,200 students. 

Comments

luvblues2

I am hoping that things like this snowball until Ohio can get it's funding for education together. Sometimes it takes a revolt to make change.

dire wolf

just because a teacher doesn't like their pay, that doesn't mean the children should have to stop learning. good decision to bring in the subs until they clear this up. doesn't seem right to have the teachers harass and threaten the subs for filling in. some people are happy just to have a job in this economy. both sides need to fix this fast.

bobshumway92

Fire them all and rehire!

Cowboy

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The Hamburglar

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CAST THE FIRST STONE

fire all of them. plenty of subs would die for a chance

Erie County Resident

I agree bob & Cast.
Can the lot of them and hire new teachers that are willing to work.
They got SB5 shot down so they are now one of the casualties of their union strike.
One down many to go. In this economy striking is a pretty stupid thing to do for so called educated people.

Side note for the guy holding the sign.. Edited to say:
03-04-13
No contract
No work
No job or pay
Goodbye!!!

herbie_hancock

Fire them and give their jobs to someone who is happy to work. The video of them harassing the substitutes is priceless. Way to set an example for your students. "Kids, if you feel underpaid then just stop working, whine for more pay (in an economy that is hurting), and trash talk those who are eager to work in your place." Thats obviously how "real" adults act...

Cowboy

Waaaaaaaaa. Waaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaa, someone is gonna take my job because I decided not to do it!

Blaze

Yeah you guys just know it all, don't you? I'm sure you would be hard-pressed to find a group of people that care more about children and their education than teachers. I'm sure this is the last thing the teachers wanted to do but sometimes they have no other choice. Try finding out more information before assuming this is all the teachers' fault. Sometimes unions sit down to negotiate in good faith but the people they are negotiating with are not. This particular teachers union voted unanimously to strike, which tells me there is something major going on at the negotiating table. Who knows the specifics of these negotiations? The teachers and the people negotiating on behalf of the school. They are the only ones that know and you guys can pretend to know but all you are doing is trying to make teachers look bad. Get a life!

herbie_hancock

The kids have been going home at 11:00 everyday because they don't have enough sub teachers, and when the sub teachers do show up (to do the teachers jobs) they are harassed...yeah we all know where their priorities are.

Mr Bean

Waaaaaah, Get a life---wait till they go looking for a job which pays anything near the ones they are abandoning---Nobody needs to make them look bad---they can handle that with the help of the Union.

bobshumway92

Please hire Gunner away from us. He will build you a new building while laying teachers off. Novel idea.

Informed

Why on earth would anyone work without a contract of some kind? Until a contract is in place, you can't expect anyone to work.
Some of you need to remember that it's not always the board that is in the right. And as far as the subs coming in, you do realize that many, if not most, of them are probably not actual teachers?

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BW1

89% of the nation's workforce works without a contract.
Get a clue

luvblues2

In all the jobs I have had in 35+ years, never once did I sign a contract. I turned in a resume and filled out an application and a W-4. After that, we shook hands and I started work within the required time.

Edit: Usually, after 60 to 90 working days, the bennies started kicking in. (if there were any)

luvblues2

Used to be, if you could weld, layout, design and fabricate the whole project you were pretty much guaranteed 16 - 32 bux an hour gross. To do that same skill set today as a new hire, 10 - 12 bux, max. Your previous experience DOES NOT COUNT.

luvblues2

So yeah, I don't mind to watch the rest of the freakin' planet catch up to the position I am in now. Back in school learning another trade while doing work "under the table".

The Hamburglar

When I was in the Navy I got a couple of those "under the table" jobs in the Philippines. Gotta love those LBFM's!

Common Sense

When the strike occurred in Perkins, substitute teachers were BROUGHT in to supervise classes just like this. Problem? Sex offenders on the payroll! Wonder if Strongsville had the time to make background checks on all their current workers? Oh well, as expected, the "brain squad" has commented on something of which they know nothing.

bobshumway92

We should have fired every one of those teachers that striked.

sorryhog

Where else could you work 9 months out of the year , and still get full benifits and retirement ?
Fire them for walking off the job!

Cowboy

Exactly!

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swiss cheese kat

FWIW, there is only 12 states that permit teachers to strike. Some of these 12 states also lowered their academic standards in recent years.

The New World Czar

The SEA is part of the OEA which is part of the NEA. Basically the same people (NEA) who are taking out anti-Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) commercials since he is "putting all these public employees out of work by not supporting tax increases". Stay strong, Strongsville BOE. There are all kinds of recent graduates who are waiting tables, stocking shelves, etc. that would be eager to get into the classroom for the opportunity to teach.

Cowboy

Just get back to work and get your $45,000 for 9 months worth of work!

The Hamburglar

45K? Ha! You'd better sit down when reading this:
http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/...
Type in strongsville city schools, 2011, highest to lowest salaries.

The New World Czar

Well, how about this? Professional educators not at work!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P...

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BW1

Teachers need a little economic education, specifically, the law of supply and demand.

Birthrates have been falling steadily in the USA since the 70's. That translates into reduced demand for teachers, because they teach...anyone...anyone....that's right, CHILDREN!!!!

Meanwhile, colleges of education are full, creating a bumper crop of supply.

Increasing supply, decreasing demand - that drives down the price of a good or service. Too many teachers chasing too few jobs does not translate into top dollar compensation.