Strongsville Teachers' Union Launches Website

New site explains what a 'fair contract' means, monitors progress of negotiations


The Strongsville Education Association has created a website that provides the teachers' position on on-going contract negotiations.

The site tracks the union's journey through the process and explains what teachers are looking for when they say they want "a fair and equitable" contract:

• Enough time in the school day to plan lessons, meet one-on-one with students, grade papers, respond to parents' questions and handle other duties.

• Manageable class sizes.

• Keeping art, music and physical education classes intact at the elementary schools.

• The ability to attract and retain quality teachers.

• Respect as valued professionals.

The site also recounts seven negotiating sessions between July 9 and Jan. 29, noting "No Progress" after each.

On Jan. 30, SEA declared an impasse, meaning future sessions will include a mediator. 

The last talks were on Feb. 6. "SEA submits another proposal to be met with superficial and cosmetic response," the website says.

Another round of negotiations is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14.

Groups of about 300 teachers have shown up twice at School Board meetings, first filing in and standing silently, and the second time chanting outside. The teachers also stood outside the Jan. 29 negotiating session at Polaris Career Center.

The SEA has also made its first public statement, entering a comment on Strongsville Patch's Feb. 7 story on the second protest.  

The SEA also has a Facebook page.

FedUp February 22, 2013 at 03:20 PM
"Their" website is claiming they want time during the school day to make lesson plans, grade papers, respond to parents e-mails, blah blah blah - I suggest they work and 8/9 hour day like everyone else to get all of that stuff done, take 1/2 lunch and the rest of the time they can sit around and respect each other until the cows come home. At not time have I heard anything about the kids. Out of one side of their mouths they say "it's all about the children" but the other side of their mouth is speaking a different topic. I think "their" website was an epic fail! It is high time that this economy affect their wallets too! And as for respect - I respect the teachers who respect me - but have come across way too many who only respect themselves.
lyn February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Debbie Palmer- Can you do a short article that would let people know about this: http://www.strongnet.org/cms/lib6/OH01000884/Centricity/Domain/1/Questions%20and%20Answers.pdf It provides info from the district that answers many questions about what is going on. Since you have provided people with the teachers website and FB page, I think you should also provide the info that the district has online. As you usually are "fair and balanced", we may just be ahead of you on this - as you are probably gathering other info for the article to put this in.
Marian March 01, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Thanks, Coop. Some of these are ridiculous. No wonder the Catholic Schools have had to resort to Teacher Parity contributions in order to "equalize" the salaries of their public school counterparts.
Marian March 01, 2013 at 07:47 AM
My sister in law has a Master's Degree and has been teaching in private/parochial schools for 30+ years. She makes nowhere close to what some of the lesser educated SCD teachers do; but she still does her lesson plans @ home, grades papers @ home, respsonds to parent's e-mails/phone calls @ home,etc. I agree with FedUp in that everyone should feel a "pinch" in their wallets. If we're not careful, sooner or later there will be no more $ to give or to spend.
FedUp March 01, 2013 at 01:34 PM
So the newest casualty caused by the teachers is the students ability to participate in college accredited coursed. If the strike is still active next week when the parent meeting was to be held (the schools are under lockdown before/after school for sure next week) the meeting will not take place which - according to what our "beloved" (and I use that term lightly) teachers are telling the kids - if the meeting does not take place - they will be unable to take advantage of these college accredited courses offered by Tri-C. When the last levy was before the voters the teachers claimed "it is for the children". I have seen NOTHING in this fiasco that benefits the children! Some teachers are even claiming that they will be deleting any grades that are posted by the substitutes. Grow up teachers!


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