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Strongsville teachers propose 'binding arbitration' to end strike

5:25 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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STRONGSVILLE -- The Strongsville teachers union has delivered a proposal to school officials that they claim could bring an end to the strike.

The Strongsville Education Association delivered the proposal just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

SEA President Tracy Linscott announced the proposal at an afternoon rally.

Linscott said the union would be willing to have a mutually agreed upon arbitrator decide the unresolved issues after the school year is over.

Teachers would be willing to return to classes if the board agreed to binding arbitration.

The arbitrator would have to be selected within 30 days, and arbitration could begin no later than Aug. 30, according to a release from the SEA.

The arbitrator's decisions would be final and go into effect 60 days after their ruling.

The SEA has presented three counteroffers to the board's best and final offer.

At the rally, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said, "I believe the school board and the members of the teachers union both care about the children."

Brown said he would be calling board president David Frazee, encouraging the board to return to the bargaining table.

Brown added, in a later statement, "Strongsville students deserve a settlement -- now. But a settlement can't be reached if the two parties aren't talking. That's why I joined teachers today -- who told me how they want to be back in the classroom - and why I will keep in contact with the School Board. This issue is about fairness for educators and taxpayers alike. But most importantly, this is about our children's wellbeing and their right to a quality education, which is why both sides need to come together now."

Channel 3's Tom Beres will have more on the story starting at 6.


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