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Youngstown teachers authorize negotiators to issue strike notice



Published: Tue, August 6, 2013 @ 10:30 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown Education Association, the union representing Youngstown City Schools teachers, has authorized its negotiating team to issue a 10-day intent-to-strike notice.

YEA representative Tim Kinkead said Tuesday night after the union vote that the notice will be used by the YEA negotiators when and if it is deemed necessary.

“Everybody was enthusiastic about the vote,” Kinkead said. “The mood was markedly different from the last time we met. Everyone was attentive and involved.”

Tuesday’s vote was unanimous, Kinkead said, adding that teachers remain dedicated to working with the school district to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.

School is not in session until Sept. 3, so both sides have some time to work through the issue before it would affect students. A strike before that date may affect teachers at Youngstown Early College, however, where classes are underway.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


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1Maisco(3 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

How could those selfish teachers do this to our children and city. The state should take over

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2FLUNKEE(12 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The state already took over, send your child to another district, there is a lot of them to choose from

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3arod(258 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

FIRE THEM ALL, THERE ARE PLENTY OF RECENT GRAS THAT NEED JOBS...

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4Knightcap(609 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

All Youngstown school employees should be paying at least 25% of their heath-care benefits before they step into a school to work.

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5Ytownnative(986 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Mo money mo money mo money. TAX TAX TAX sell the souls of the children if needed but give them mo money. We don't care if the is no more money find it and give it to us. Just cancel the school year and let them be off work for a year ship the kids to the burbs and let them stand outside like the idiots by bottom dollar foods

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6theotherside(328 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

As is evident in the comments after this story, if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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7SAVEOURCOUNTRY(464 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Kids are important! Perhaps the teachers...no, I know the teachers are they ONLY ones employed by the district who care about them. There isn't anyone at 20 west wood St. that have kids attending or did attend Youngstown City Schools. Yet many teachers do and have had their kids going to city schools.
KNIGHTCAP.... The teachers currently pay for their healthcare to the tune of 10% of their salary....not the cost of the healthcare. which works out to around 35 to 45% of their salary annually.
Over the course of the next 4 years, each school district will be saving 4% on cost as that cost is being shifted to the teacher. Thus teachers will pay 14% of their pay for retirement and the employer will pay 10%.

MRRIGHTSOMETIMES .....Youngstown City schools saw nearly 50% improvement this past year. That is why 20west wood st. Has a superintendent making nearly a quarter million dollars. Karen Green, the assistant superintendent got a 5 digit bonus as a result plus an 8% pay raise while the teachers got nothing....not even a nice job. The teachers have given back each of the last 4 contracts for the sake of the district

DO NOT BELIEVE what the vindy prints. The estimate 48 million deficit NEVER existed. The board was negotiating in the media. How foolish of the union not to file unfair labor practices against the board. But that is how the hardest working teachers in the valley roll.

WHERE is it printed.....60 teachers retired, another 25 left the district saving over 2 million, another savings of nearly a million dollars in reduced retirement costs, and additional money from the state budget of 14 million dollars. That adds up to 17 million dollars.

So why not throw a bone or two when board is hiring more and more people downtown. Youngstown has more working downtown today than 20 years ago. back then there were 15000 students , today 500. Back then, there were 850 teachers, today little over 400.

The fat is in the superintendents office. The two times the state took over the district for miss management of funds, they said this district is top heavy. Yet they are looking to hire 10 to 15 NEW principals because the ones they have can't do their jobs.

COME ON MAN.... give them a 2 or 3 percent raise in this contract. The public will still be ahead by over 10 million dollars.

By the why, will one of these crack reports look it this? Rumors on the street is over a dozen people working at 20 west wood are getting 500 dollars per month for a car allowance?

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8DwightK(1179 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

If this is about more money, YSD needs to hire smarter teachers. The city is broke, the people in the city are broke and there is nothing more to be had. Go get a job elsewhere if you need to make more.

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9Cubbies(37 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

There are more issues than pay and benefits. There are management, operations, and support issues at stake, as well as safety issues such as
why central office refuses to expel students who has been suspended 7 times for fighting and making physical threats to students and staff. Just send them back to the classroom and pray nobody is assaulted.

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10sknirak(120 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Nothing good will come from a strike. The above comments indicate a deep dissatisfaction with the present situation as it is.

There is a lot of truth in everybody's comments above (once we get past the hyperbole). The school board should be held accountable for some of it's actions.

For the sake of the kids, cooler heads need to prevail. I wonder if any are out there?

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11Boar7734(66 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I can find every teacher and employee in Youngstown a 2.75% increase: find employment elsewhere and not pay the highest income tax in the state. The downside is your water will cost 40% more.

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12gdog4766(1255 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Not one of you back end of a horse even mentioned the massive cuts in funding to our public school system by Kasich. This is the problem in our state. These idiots posting above have no idea at all what the real problem is. These morons don't take into consideration how difficult it is to teach in a inner city school system. You numbskulls want college educated professionals to work for minimum wage, but probably complain about your own pay at your do nothing job. As I have said before I would try to see you point, but Im not willing to shove my head up my butt like you.

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13FLUNKEE(12 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

It was the Board of Education and Wendy Webb,
Tony Deniro, and the rest of the Gang who
Built all these schools and spent the TAXPAYERS money.

It was called state of Ohio 80% and YCSD taxpayers 20% but in fact all money was taxpayers.

Thus with closing 3 schools money was wasted about 30 MILLION

The teachers did not waste YOUR money

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14Ytownnative(986 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

teacher east social studies $57548
teacher Wilson music $52095
Teacher berry preschool $54821

That is insane money in this area. Let them strike. even better give them MORE money and have them pay less for healthcare and force the city into bankruptcy then pay them pennies on the dollar.

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15SAVEOURCOUNTRY(464 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Ytownnative.....
Please do your homework. Youngstown city ranks 14 out of 15 school districts in Mahoning County in pay. Yet they have the top paid administration in the tri-county area. They have a superintendent making nearly 1 quarter million a year, but thats OK. God forbid a teacher makes a little bite.

Ask teachers in Youngstown who have given back each of the past 4 contracts to give back more. You understand those teachers shop, go out to eat, buy cars from GM don't you. That won't happen much longer when you want them to work for Walmart wages in often time war zones.

The teachers have given the city a bargain by not asking for huge raises over the last decade and a half. While teachers in every other districts got 6 plus % raises per contract, The teachers asked for nothing.

For example, this last contract that just expired on June 30, 2013, the union asked for 1% raise. The state and the board offer contained a 2% raise. Management came to the table willing to pay more, yet the teachers accepted less. Plus they agreed to pay 10% of the cost for healthcare which is paid as a percentage of salary

So Ytownnative, go look at the salaries of the 230plus adminstrators working at the board. few make less than 100,000 a year with a car allowance, clothing allowances, free cell phones, every paid holiday even if its on a weekend, and on and on and on. With a budget that will be around 17 million in the black by next year, those hard working teachers (they work harder than any other teachers in this valley) deserve thanks and rewarded. Give them what they are losing and nothing more.

When the private sector was living high on the hog with fat stock options and huge raises, the teachers and other public employees never complained when they weren't getting anything in return.

There are 55 teaching openings in youngstown and they are struggling to fill them. Why would anyone want student loans to pay off making 29,000 to start. You can make more flipping burgers. If you don't pay now, you will pay later in higher costs in welfare, police, and of course lets not forget the prison system

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16Ytownnative(986 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

IF they worked 40 hours per week 52 weeks a year = $28.20 per hour. REQUIRED time in class is nowhere near that much. This pay rate is insane for a preschool teacher

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17SAVEOURCOUNTRY(464 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Ytownnative,
Youngstown does not have preschool teachers! its K through 12 only. Do your homework!

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18southsidedave(4709 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

There is no money, the system is broken and will not be fixed anytime soon...teachers must deal with it or move to another profession.

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19SAVEOURCOUNTRY(464 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

southsidedave....
there is money to the tune of 17 million in the black.
most if not all major administrators at the board got 5 digit bonuses and 8 to 12 % pay raises this past year due to a jump in test scores. They did nothing to support this jump, only the teachers.

the state budget is giving youngstown 5 million in additional funds this year and 9 more million next year. with retirements and resignation its another 1.5 million easy (probably much more) and as you wish the board saves an additional 4% for teachers paying more for retirement and management pays less which adds up to another million.

GO to the next board meeting and ask if what I say is true....they have agreed I speak the truth!!!!!!

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20Ytownnative(986 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

save look at the government watch link on vindy.com someone is on the payroll as a preschool teacher. Do your home work

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21SAVEOURCOUNTRY(464 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

It's an administrator position, not a yea membership position
Plus never trust anything that starts Cindy.com

They printed without any facts the district had a 48 million dollar deficit last year that is down to 1.5 this year..........
Lies lies lies

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