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Strongsville: Schools, teachers union brace for Monday strike

7:45 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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STRONGSVILLE -- All signs point to a likely teachers strike in Strongsville City Schools starting Monday.

The schools, teachers union and police all have the strike plans in place.

Superintendent John Krupinski said, "It is still our hope to avert a strike, but school officials and the union agree they are far apart on many issues including pay, benefits, working conditions and hours."

There is a bargaining session with a federal mediator set for Saturday morning.

Teachers carted out their belongings Friday not knowing when they'd be back. Some displayed what they said were written messages of support from their students.

About 385 teachers, counselors, nurses and other school staffers are in the union.

Strongsville schools have an enrollment of approximately 6,200 students.

Teachers union president Tracy Linscott said she could not describe the school's offer but said they are seeking pay concessions.

Friday, Strongsville schools filed an unfair labor practice against the union claiming teachers confronted and attempted to intimidate board members leaving a bargaining session last month.

There has not been a teachers strike in Ohio since one in Richmond Heights in 2007.


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