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Cleveland Schools File Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Teachers Union

Friday, July 29, 2011 at 5:13 PM

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School starts next month, and the Cleveland Schools still haven’t agreed on wages, benefits and staffing with the Cleveland Teachers Union. Both parties agreed to negotiate privately, but the district says the union has broken that promise. Ideastream’s Michelle Kanu has the story.

On Friday, the Cleveland Schools filed an unfair labor practice charge with the State Employment Relations Board against the Cleveland Teachers Union.  The charge alleges that the union failed to respond to its proposals during their negotiation process and that the union violated their mutual agreement to keep all bargaining private by allowing teachers to speak with the media.

Meanwhile, contract negotiations appear to have stalled.  At issue are 40-50 million dollars in concessions the union says the district has asked for, and whether the district will recall any of the 643 teacher who were laid off this spring.

Roseann Canfora, a spokesperson for the Cleveland Schools, says the district won’t discuss concessions or recalls until the negotiations are over.

Canfora: “The district has a policy to respect the collective bargaining process and will not comment about any negotiations with the Cleveland Teachers Union in public.”

Union president David Quolke wouldn’t comment on the process, but Megan Scully, a teacher at Warner Girls Leadership Academy, says union members just want to know what to expect this fall.

Scully: “We’re very concerned that schools going to start—we start in about two and a half weeks, and we really want to make sure that we have the right teachers in the right places for the students.”

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