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Talks continue between Youngstown teachers and district

Published: Thu, August 8, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

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By Denise Dick



A federal mediator has been involved with contract talks between the city school district and the union representing its teachers.

The Youngs- town Education Association, the roughly 400-member teachers union, this week voted to authorize its negotiating team to issue a 10-day notice of intent to strike if necessary.

But negotiations continue, including a session Wednesday.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll work it out,” said Superintendent Connie Hathorn.

The previous teachers’ contract expired June 30.

Beginning teachers earn $29,885 while senior teachers, or those with 24 years of service and a doctorate, earn about $66,000 annually. The average teacher salary is $53,355.

The last three-year contract provided 1 percent pay increases each year. That followed four years of freezes on base pay.

For health insurance, teachers pay 1.225 percent of their salary for family or 0.65 percent of their salary for single coverage.

Tim Kinkead, a YEA spokesman, said the stumbling blocks to a new contract are economic issues including salary and health insurance.

Karen Green, assistant superintendent for human resources, said both sides would set up a schedule for talks. She said the federal mediator has been involved for at least two sessions.

With the Youngstown City School Academic Distress Commission in place, there are few issues to negotiate. Late last year, the academic distress commission, which already oversaw district academics, took over budget authority for the city schools because of a projected $1.5 million deficit.


1Realist(62 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

You must a teacher Country.

Great theory, you have money.....spend it. Do you run your household that way?

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2DwightK(1535 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

If teachers need more money, get a summer job. The rest of us work year round. They can too. There's not a thing tin the world keeping teachers from working a full time time job and being paid full time wages.

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3Realist(62 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I never get upset about how much teachers make until they say they don't make enough. $53k/year divided by 180 teaching days = $295/day.... That's not including retirement contributions and medical packages given by the school district.

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4republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Hospitalization copay has to go up. They are only paying 1.25 % ?? They should be paying 25%.

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5Realist(62 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

A great idea Mr. Right, AND how would a pay reduction help the school district?

How would that help the students be better academically?

School districts can only do so much without the help of the parents at home, instilling hard work, respect and dedication into their children (which isn't happening). If the kid wants to learn they will and if they don't want to learn there is NOTHING that the best teacher (from anywhere) can do.

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6southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago


Performance pay based on grades is a proven way to inflate scores without learning.

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