We stand in solidarity with the Youngstown Education Association (YEA) that commenced a strike on August 23. Youngstown City School District (YCSD) union teachers voted to strike after spring and summer negotiations on a "slim and simple contract" broke down and the union team was met with "obfuscation and random legal maneuvering in place of productive negotiations," wrote the union. After almost a week on the picket line, YEA striking pressures have forced the school district back to the table Wednesday to attempt to bargain in good faith.
"The thing we want the most is to get into our classrooms and start teaching you, but we can't do that without a fair contract," said the YEA.
Additionally, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB) voted unanimously last Friday to reject the Youngstown City School District’s complaint that the YEA strike is "Illegal." Attorney Jeff Geisinger, representing the YEA said, “The school board is trying to stop a lawful strike with delay tactics,” he added. “It’s just another example of the kind of shameful tactics that they’ve been using throughout this process.”
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