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Austintown Education Association issues intent-to-strike notice

Published: Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 9:52 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN — Members of the Austintown Education Association voted unanimously tonight to authorize their negotiation team to issue a 10-day notice of intent to strike as the team sees fit.

“We certainly do not take this step lightly or without a lot of thought,” said Barb Tomic, AEA president and spokeswoman. “However, the actions of both Superintendent [Vincent] Colaluca and the board’s bargaining team have left us no choice.”

No strike date has been set as the union said it remains hopeful about the upcoming mediation session scheduled for Monday with a federal mediator. The AEA represents approximately 315 teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, librarians, and speech therapists. They have been working without a contract since Aug. 29, 2012.


1redeye1(5661 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What happen to we do for the kids attitude? Well I guess the truth has come out about the teachers B.S.

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2UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Let them strike! I am sure that there are plenty of college graduates with teaching degrees that would be willing to work for what these teachers are making or less.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Striking in this economy? Good luck. It would be nice if the article stated what the sticking points to an agreement are. It's hard to form an opinion without facts.

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4AtownParent(565 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The sticking point to the negotiation is not wages or healthcare contributions, it is classroom size and resources for the kids like books. I, for one, am happy that our teachers are not willing to compromise on the best things to provide an education to our kids. I support them 100%. The fact that the BOE and Super are unwilling or unable to compromise on what is best to teach our kids is unacceptable.

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5RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Atown, I am not disagreeing with you but is there somewhere that the rest of us can access the information you have provided on the sticking point being classroom sizes and supplies? In reviewing the schools open enrollment application it states that applications would be accepted according to space available for specific grades. How does that policy allow overcrowded classrooms?

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Atown if the BOE and Super do not have the money to pay for additional teachers, in order to keep class size down, and for other resources, where do you suggest they get the money? As a homeowner, I already pay a substantial amount of real estate tax to the schools. Maybe they need to better distribute the money they already have in order to benefit the kids rather then themselves. If they are not willing to take a cut, what makes you think that I want to??

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7AtownParent(565 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

RTS, it is on the WKBN website. As for open enrollment form, that is a joke. There was supposed to be a screening for problem kids, that doesn't happen, there was supposed to be a limit of 200, that didn't happen.....the Super and BOE do whatever they want.

I agree uncommon, just stating that the problem is not with teacher wages.

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8Dagwood(504 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Coluluca,

Post all their jobs at YSU, Kent, OSU and every college in between.

The young lady who made my coffee at Starbucks could finally put her teaching degree to use and triple her yearly earnings. She wouldn't complain, pay her fair share in employee contributions, and take on any challenge put in front of her.

This is Austintown Schools...Not inner city Chicago. Probably top 30 in Ohio schools for facilities and resources.

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9RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Atown, WKBN's artical says that "union officials" say SOME of the issues at hand are class size and resources. That is what I would expect "union officials" to say. I find it impossible to believe that there are no salary or benefit issues at work also.

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10AtownParent(565 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

RTS, if you have been following this, you would know that those are the sticking issues. Just because you don't want to believe it is not my problem.

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11RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It's a miracle! Give them all raises and an agreement has been reached. I hope you don't feel to misled A-Town...

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12AtownParent(565 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't feel misled at all RTS. I know what the issues were and what the BOE and Super were not negotiating on. I know what our teachers wanted and were fighting for. Do you? You probably don't even live in our town so how could you possibly know.

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