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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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1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Start having these parasites pay 25% of there health-care benefits. Stop feeding off me.

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2CitizenoftheYO(2 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month 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(51 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 1 month 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(51 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month 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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7gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Yeah, Kasich massive cuts to public schools has nothing to do with any of this. If any of you Einsteins had your pay cut, your benefits reduced, had to deal with uncaring parents, work in an innercity schoold district you'd scream bloody murder. This unindicted white collar theif stated when he ran that he didn't support public schools. His own spawn attends private prep school on our dime. Flunkies!

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8Not_Gilligans_Ginger(128 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

CitizenoftheYO is right... Time for those who never taught in the city schools to give it a try. I'm sure you would keep your pie-holes shut after doing so. Performance based on whose performance? The students' on standardized tests? While there are some very bright students in our city schools, I would say there are twice as many who could care less about school except for the free breakfasts and lunches. These are the students who have no positive parental guidance at home, whose homework is never done, who are often disruptive in class, who want special treats like candy for doing in-class work. Really folks? You think teachers whine about NOTHING? You have no idea...

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9Southside_Res(172 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Isn't it just a feeding frenzy in Youngstown? YEA is just one more pariah organization that wants to kick an ailing city in the gut when it's down and out. Forget all the politics involved with the Board of Education, someone please tell me what the hell YEA has ever done to make Youngstown a better city?! Better yet, what has YEA EVER done to bolster housing prices for Youngstown residents?!!!! They wanna bleed city taxpayers dry and make this city the even crappier, overtaxed place that it already is!!!!!!

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10timmy572(4 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month 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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11SAVEOURCOUNTRY(470 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The suburbs have just as much to do with the city as anyone. Over 60% of the funding comes from the state, not you residents of the city. Just as KASICK took office, what did he do? he gave all his staff huge raises over the former Governor. His response was to get good people, you have to pay them.
The city schools have the Best teachers in the area. Teachers are only a third of the equation. The parents and students control the other 2 thirds of the learning process. If you want teacher performance, the same needs done to you and your child. If you kid does not achieve, you pay a penality. If your on welfare, you lose it. If you work, you lose the same in a fine as someone losing welfare.
Your child can miss 60 days of school and the teachers evaluation suffers. That's completely unfair. Judge a teacher by those who are in class, not missing over 45% of the evaluation time.
Preach the truth TIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

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12FLUNKEE(12 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month 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 1 year, 1 month 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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14theotherside(333 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Good job PlainAndSimple! That Rayen School education paid off nicely for you since you are running a 3.45 at YSU? Or was that only because you decided to get serious about your education?

Here is what is wrong in the Yo Schools and I suspect to some degree in the rest of the school districts today:

The teachers are afraid of the principals. The principals are afraid of the superintendent. The superintendent is afraid of the school board. The school board is afraid of the parents. The parents are afraid of the kids. And the kids aren't afraid of anyone.

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15jeepers(127 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month 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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