INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — New talks were underway Sunday in the Strongsville teachers strike which was about to enter its third week.
No compromise was reached, and no new talks are scheduled.
It was the first time both negotiating teams met with a federal mediator since the Strongsville Education Association members hit the picket line.
The meeting took place at the federal mediator’s office in Independence, and lasted about four hours, according to Tracy Linscott, the SEA president.
The Strongsville Board of Education members also joined the district’s negotiating team in the mediation sessions.
The teachers union has said the board of education members need to be at the table since they, and not their negotiating team, have the authority to make decisions.
Nearly 400 teachers went on strike March 4 after rejecting the board’s final offer.
Teachers submitted a counter proposal that board president David Frazee said would exceed the district’s budget by $2 million.
“If they are willing to sit down and get a contract and get teachers back in the classroom as they claim they want, then there has to be some movement,” said Linscott.
Teachers will be back on the picket Monday morning.
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