Westlake teachers vote to strike

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WESTLAKE, Ohio-- Westlake teachers on Wednesday afternoon voted to strike. The strike will take effect on August 18, which will be the first day of school. On June 24, all operations for the summer are suspended. The teachers are looking to get back to the bargaining table.

The Westlake School Board voted to implement its best and final contract offer Monday night.

Board members voted 4 to 1 to implement the contract during a heated and emotional meeting held at the high school earlier. Hundreds of teachers, parents and students packed the auditorium, nearly all of them strongly urging the school board not to put the contract into effect.

Both sides have been trying to iron out a deal for more than a year. School board members say their offer included salary increases and modest changes in healthcare. Board members also say Westlake teachers are among the top 2% when it comes to teacher salaries in the state.

Last month, the Westlake Teachers' union overwhelmingly rejected the board’s offer and submitted a counter proposal that they say is fair. But board members say the union’s proposal exceeds the amount of spending they have projected by 28%.

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