Strongsville teachers, mayor meet; BOE files against teachers

7:31 PM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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STRONGSVILLE -- Early Friday, teachers met with Mayor Tom Perciak in an attempt to reach a settlement to the teachers strike that is now ending its third week.

The school board declined to attend the meeting but the SEA and Perciak came up with a counterproposal for the board's last, best offer from March 2.

The new offer includes over $300,000 in proposed savings to the district, including significant additional concessions on insurance and the elimination of future VPGs.

At the same time, Strongsville City Schools Board of Education filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Strongsville Education Association, according to David Frazee, board president.

And the Strongsville students staged a walk-out of their classes as well.

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The board's charge relates to the SEA's picketing at the BOE member homes and places of business.

SEA picketers were at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College March 20, where David Frazee, president of the Strongsville School Board, works as Associate Dean of Health Careers and Science.

On March 19, picketers walked outside Aleris International Headquarters in Beachwood, where board member Carl Naso works as a controller.

 It indicates that numerous SEA members -- approximately 50 at times -- engaged in unlawful picketing outside BOE members' residences and places of employment.

According to the filing, SEA members impeded vehicles entering and leaving workplaces, intimidated and verbally assaulted co-workers, and substantially disrupted work operations.

SEA members carried signs containing disparaging comments about BOE members.

The board asks that the State Employment Relations Board order SEA to cease and desist from inducing and encouraging picketing of BOE members' residences and places of private employment and to order SEA to cease and desist from picketing without providing at least 10 days advance notice to the BOE and SERB and order SEA to pay BOE's legal fees associated with this unfair practice charge.


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