Teachers in Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District hit picket line


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW)– Teachers and support staff in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District hit the picket line Wednesday morning as negotiations between the district and the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union remain stalled.

The roughly 500 union members are protesting what they say is an unfair contract from the school district impacting retirement and health benefits. They say that will lead to increased turnover and drive out experienced workers.

The district says their financial situation is dire and the current healthcare plan is not sustainable.  

A union representative says those on strike will observe COVID-19 precautions and protest from 7:30 am to noon at the Board of Education and Cleveland Heights High School for the first day. They say they plan to picket at every school in the district for the remainder of the strike.

Cleveland Heights Teachers Union President Karen Rego released the following statement: 
“From the start, we’ve been clear. We want to work with our district’s Board of Education to find a fair resolution to our contract that doesn’t weaken standards in a way that will affect the quality of education in this district for years to come. We met with our Board last night for many hours, and we’ve made some progress that we’re going to bring back to our membership. We’ll provide an update as soon as we are able to and we are postponing plans for our virtual rally.” 

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