No deal was able to be reached before midnight between Strongsville teachers and the board of education leaving only one outcome: a strike.
The teachers have claimed unfair terms in their contract negotiations with the Strongsville City Schools Board of Education.
On Sunday, teachers were outside city hall chanting and cursing at community members and substitute teachers who were applying for the temporary jobs. Some teachers were in the subs’ faces, scaring a few away from even trying to land the job. After the day of protesting, union members were silent Sunday night as a spokesperson for the teachers made the announcement. The work stoppage order is official and the strike is set to officially begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 4.
The Strongsville City Schools superintendent John Krupinski issued the following statement on the strike:
“We are disappointed that our teachers have voted to implement a strike beginning on March 4, 2013. However, the Board of Education (BOE) and I are pleased that we have a highly capable and professional administrative team as well as qualified substitute teachers in place, who want only the best for our students.
We thank the Strongsville Police Department for their efforts so that our students and non-striking staff are able to open schools on Monday as we begin this teachers’ strike.
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