Community Expresses Frustrations with Strike

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Hundreds of people packed Strongsville City Hall Tuesday at 5 p.m. to hear city council pass a special resolution.

“The resolution isn’t about taking sides, rather urging both sides to end the strike," said Council President Michael Daymut.

The Strongsville teachers strike is now in its sixth week, with no talks scheduled between the Strongsville Board of Education and Strongsville Education Association.

The resolution reads as follows: “A resolution supporting students of the Strongsville schools and urging both the Strongsville Board of Education and Strongsville Education Association to resolve their petty dispute and work stoppage as soon as possible.”

It can’t force the two sides back to the bargaining table -- but it does express the frustrations of a community.

“I’m fed up, that’s why I’m here. I couldn’t sit back any longer and listen to the kids cry out and nobody do anything,” said Raymond Kennedy, parent.

Students, who feel caught in the middle, said some adults are even turning on them and posting mean messages on the internet.

"They’re cussing at me and other students for standing up for their beliefs and voicing their opinions," said senior Louie LaQuatra.

Teachers have asked for binding arbitration, which would let a neutral third-party settle the contract, and send them back to work, but so far the BOE has refused and no new talks are scheduled.

No one from the BOE was at Tuesday's council meeting.

“We should’ve been able to come to some sort of agreement and the board isn’t willing to move off their last best offer," said SEA President Tracy Linscott.

Nearly 400 union members have been off the job since March 4.

Students have been attending classes with substitutes.

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