Mediation Continues for Strongsville Union, Board

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio --  There was a day of marathon bargaining Tuesday in Independence, as the Strongsville teacher's union and the board of education met with a federal mediator.

The mediation session began at 10:30 a.m. behind closed doors with little activity inside and outside the building.

According to a press release by the teacher's union, they submitted a new offer to the school board.

They say it's $300,000 less than the union's initial counter proposal to the board's last, best offer.

According to the board of education, the proposal is still over budget, and the district can not operate in the red.

The strike is in its fourth week with almost 400 teachers, staff and school employees on the picket lines.

Some major sticking points are pay, pension and health care.

The teacher's union has also filed a lawsuit, demanding full disclosure when it comes to the subs, including their qualifications and background checks.

There is no word on how long this mediation will last.

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