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YEA authorized to issue strike notice

Published: Wed, August 7, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Lee Murray



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.

“Those teachers are working right now without a contract,” Kinkead said.

The YEA bargaining team will continue to work in good faith with the district, Kinkead said. “The district is part of our lives — it’s our livelihood. Hopefully, something will work out,” he added.

Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn said the notice will not affect the way negotiations are proceeding.

“It’s just a notice,” Hathorn said. “It doesn’t mean we’ve stopped negotiating.”

Hathorn added that he is confident both parties will agree on something soon.

“It is my expectation that we will get it sorted out. I believe that,” Hathorn said. “We will still come to the table and talk about our differences and continue to negotiate.”

“We’re optimistic,” Kinkead said. “Not happy, but realistic.”

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1repeaters(301 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

How many times can you bleed a stone.....let me count the ways.

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2CitizenoftheYO(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

If education was about kids it would not be funded by property taxes. People that make negative comments about educators should go try to teach for a day.....support your local educators..

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3snworb56(52 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Citizen.... don't you people ever get tired of crying the blues about how tough it is to teach. All jobs are tough in their on right. You don't see people leaving teaching to pursue something else, it's usually the other way around. To go on strike with their performance record would be ridiculous.

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4CitizenoftheYO(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Snworb56....read the research...people do leave teaching to pursue something else! Teachers have amoung the lowest starting salary of any profession with a 4 year degree...

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5Cubbies(37 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months 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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6snworb56(52 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Citizen... I understand what you are saying. I am not saying teachers should not make more money, but I do think what they do make should be based on performance like any other job.I would guess that even with the "low" starting salary, if you figure in benefits, it must still sound very appealing to young people because there seems to be a lot of graduates every year looking for a job teaching.

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7Roger_Thornhill(994 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Weekends off, summers off, spring break, Christmas break, MLK day, Prez day, Columbus , Labor, T-Giving, Memorial, instructional day.

Obviously this strike is for the children.

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8timmy572(4 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I have worked several jobs where I have gotten raises for working there for a certain amount of time and not based on performance. If teachers got raises based on performance all you tax payers would be crying the blues because school districts would go broke. There are excellent teachers out there especially in the Youngstown school district. Also for those hard working people out there who do receive raises based on performance, I am curious to know if your performance is based on one day of hard work or months of hard work. In the teaching world their performance is based on one day and one day only. Where other professions performance is baed on several weeks or even months. Many teachers have not received any pay increase for several years. It is only fair they recieve a cost of living raise. I know those who are not teachers may disagree but they are the ones who can work weekends and overtime to make extra money, teachers do work weekends and do work over but all they recieve is grief over people who like to bash teachers. Not once has anyone mentioned the administration in Youngstown. I think Connie needs another raise. But I bet it's the teachers fault for his huge salary.

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9redeye1(5423 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Last time I check, there was no one holding a gun to the teacher's head and telling them they can't leave their jobs. for another school district that might pay more. Also TIMMY according to OBAMMY the cost of living has been maintain steady by his presidency so why do they deserve a COLA raise. They now have beautiful quarters and that isn't enough.

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10republicanRick(1578 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Teachers need to start paying 25% of their hospitalization and more towards their retirement.

Anything else is unworkable. Sorry, but that is the way of todays world.

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11DSquared(1619 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Teachers want more money? Put it on the ballot! Let the citizens who pay their salary decide. If they don't like the outcome... they are free to pursue other ways to make a living, as we all are!

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12FLUNKEE(12 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The school board wasted over 30 Million dollars building 3 schools they just shut down.

Tax payers money again wasted!

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13PlainAndSimple(4 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Teachers complain that they dont get paid enough and throw their annual salary numbers around. Well, MULTIPLY those numbers by about 1.33 since they dont work in June, July, or August. $40,000 in 8.5 months doesnt seem so bad. I graduated from Rayen in 2003, what a terrible school all the way around. Every year I went there, Rayen was in a state of "Academic Emergency" with a 50% graduation rate. Now I go to YSU, I am a Finance Major with 2 semesters left, and I have a 3.45 GPA. My son went to Harding Elementary for 1 year and I knew I couldnt keep him there. Now he goes to Stambaugh Charter Academy, which is completely free, and 1,000 times better. The school is clean, the teachers are IN CONTROL, and the children are polite. I couldnt believe it! It is not like Ursuline or Youngstown Christian, it doesnt cost us a dime! You can tell that the students probably still come from low income households, but the environment is COMPLETELY different than Harding Elementary was. When I walk in Stambaugh, I dont see ONE sloppy looking kid running around out of control. They all walk, smile, and they are all polite. THAT is the environment that the staff require. Adults run the show in that school and you can tell as soon as you walk through the door.

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14jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I do respect most teachers and feel very sorry for those that decide to try to work in Youngstown's schools. Several years ago, when the system had a different superintendent, the school district was LAST in the entire state.. That same year, the superintendent was given an award by the local naacp for doing an outstanding job. Also, if a child can read, he/she is labeled GIFTED? If money could fix it, it should have been great all these years. Until parents play their role in raising the kids all the money in the world will make zero improvement. The act of "getting pregnant" is all the involvement many have in the kids lives.

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15mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

You are draining the pockets of people who are just trying to keep a roof over their heads & food on the table. If you can't afford to live on a teacher's pay, move on.
I also get fed up with teachers who retire & get rehired. Do we want to eventually end up with all 90 year old teachers? Why do young teachers looking for a job have to go out of state? Didn't you get hired when some one retired & didn't get rehired? Stop being greedy!

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