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Teachers, Staff Unions Vow to Give Up Right to Strike if School Board Gives Up Right to Implement Contract

Board President David Tryon said the board will take the pledge under advisement.

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Organization of Support Staff want the district’s Board of Education to give up its right to unilaterally implement a contract.

In return, the unions have publicly said they would give up their right to strike.

The unions held a press conference at the Monday evening and called for the board to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, a legally binding contract, agreeing to give up the right to implement a contract for the unions’ right to strike.

“This pledge removes the private political agendas, which have no place in public education. This pledge puts the focus back on getting our rooms ready for kids, on putting student names on books and lockers, on preparing for football games, volleyball matches and cross country matches. This is a pledge to do what is best for the community,” spokesman Joe Zenir said in a prepared speech.

Zenir said Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Organization of Support Staff don’t want to strike, but they are prepared to do so if necessary.

Both unions have already passed a strike authorization vote. The , and the .

The unions said their goal is to put a contract in place that preserves students’ education and includes sacrifices from employees. The union contends that the board has a "political agenda” of forcing a strike by implementing a contract, and asked them to prove that they do not by agreeing to the “pledge.”

This agreement would include the promise to bargain in good faith and to continue to do so for as long as it takes.

As of 6 p.m., Board President David Tryon had not seen the pledge, but he said the board would take the ideas under advisement.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association President Bonnie Monteleone said a few words to the teachers and staff members gathered before the speech, noting that if the board does not agree to the pledge, the unions can still exercise their rights.

After the speech, Monteleone taped a copy of the pledge to the Education Center's doors, and members headed out to personally deliver copies of the pledge to the board members.

lyn August 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM
"P.O.'d"- Thanks, "nonfriend" for your support - I think that is what it was. I am constantly surprised at what Rachel allows to remain on her edition - she clearly shows her bias more than other Patch editors. But, regarding this topic - here there has been the same post put on 5 different articles mentioning someones full name, linking that name to a poster. Even if that were me, it should have been deleted as I did not choose to have my privacy revealed, especially when there have been some vicious comments, bordering on threats, lobbied my way. This could even possibly open the door to some liability on the Patch's part should repercussions follow. However, I am still curious why I am, and have been, linked to this other person.
lyn August 19, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Oh, I think I understand now.
Kathryn August 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Donald please stop. Why do you hate the teachers so much? I don't think you are helping with the problem. What would you do if you were facing these cuts. And what would you do if you had kids that were wondering what kind of changes were coming. Did you move here becuase of the schools? We did. Everytime I come here for some good news all I find is your stuff. What is the difference between you and the Mob you talks about? Did you go to church today?
Joe August 20, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I saw this going on in another link, it would be very easy for Donald, Lenore L. and Lyn to prove they aren't who JS says. Just tell Rachel to tell whoever runs this site to check who they are and to only say if JS is right or not. If not, they shouldn't care and it would clear things up. It would also stop people from posting, and trying to find out that stuff if they knew they could be so easily discredited. Unless of course JS is right. Then I suppose they wouldn't want us to know.
Ann August 20, 2012 at 03:52 AM
PLEASE what a joke. If Mrs. Tryon and her daughter were so afraid of the teachers why did they go the press conference??? They knew what was going to be delivered to their home. The daughter was not home and if she was I am positive she would not have been hiding under a table intimidated. Let's make up more BS. The teachers are thinking of the kids first. They made the PLEDGE so they would not have to strike. And to hear Donald a few posts back say he paid for a Teacher's Master degree. REALLY? Did he write a check? When people get paid it is THEIR choice what they do with the money, whether the money goes to Union dues or a degree. Maybe we should also look at what Mayor Hruby's credit card statement says next time he is up for re-election. If you don't like what he is buying then don't vote for him.
Ann August 20, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Donald there is a great house for sale in..... well anywhere MOVE.
Ann August 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
PLEASE what a joke. If Mrs. Tryon and her daughter were so afraid of the teachers why did they go the press conference??? They knew what was going to be delivered to their home. The daughter was not home and if she was I am positive she would not have been hiding under a table intimidated. Let's make up more BS. The teachers are thinking of the kids first. They made the PLEDGE so they would not have to strike. And to hear Donald a few posts back say he paid for a Teacher's Master degree. REALLY? Did he write a check? When people get paid it is THEIR choice what they do with the money, whether the money goes to Union dues or a degree. Maybe we should also look at what Mayor Hruby's credit card statement says next time he is up for re-election. If you don't like what he is buying then don't vote for him.
lyn August 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Joe- That's nonsense. And what about you - Who are you? Are you J.S. Daily? Why not take it even further - maybe the editors should have to start divulging those individuals who are using multiple aliases. Besides, from what I can see, the person I am being named to be, appears to be a private citizen. So, why invade their privacy - not to mention, why is their privacy being allowed to be invaded, other than to discredit someone people obviously don't agree with. All this is an obvious way to divert the discussion from the topic at hand. However, right now I really have nothing further to add since the teachers and union decided to comment on the proceedings going on behind closed doors at the negotiations - to me, THAT was very inappropriate and probably even worse according to how labor proceedings are suppose to go.
Joe August 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Lyn, I would have no problem letting the editors identify me, as long as Lenore and Donald do the same. If they really are board members - that is something the public should know. If they aren't then they should have no problem with the editors of this site from assuring the public of that. Do they want people to think they are board members? That would be the only assumption left. After all, if they aren't board members, the editors of this site (I guess that's who is in charge) would not identify them, just let everyone know that they are not the board members. Like I said, I don't believe that you are Renee E. - I've seen her in action at board meetings. I would also figure she would want people to know it was her - and then she would try to drum up more interest in her web site.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
A few comments were deleted for profanity/obscenity. Our terms of use can be found here: http://brecksville.patch.com/terms They were last updated in July.
lyn August 20, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Joe, or J.S.Daily- They are having fun with you guys. IF you were truly serious about your claims, all you needed to do was look at their posts - and you would have seen they had postings on the PATCH while negotiations were going on last week.
Janice August 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Lyn, in the age of smart phones it certainly wouldn't be impossible for the board members to post during the meeting. I don't know about Lenore but as much as I don't agree with the current board members, I would not think any one of them is Donald. The board members are professionals who hold high positions. As I said, I don't agree with their tactics but I would not think any professional business person or attorney would spew the kind of posts Donald has. Just my opinion!
lyn August 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Janice- I knew it! I was wondering if someone would respond with that one. A bit of a stretch, don't you think? To actually engage in reading Patch comments on several different articles and then reply to them that evening?? I know people don't think much of the board members, but do you REALLY think that during those meetings they actually took the time to pull out their smartphones or whatever to follow what people on the PATCH might be saying? Are you really believing that? Do you really think the PATCH is so high up there on their list of priorities during that time? If anyone does think this, then it just shows that people have blinders on and are unwilling to live in the real world. Come on - the PATCH??? Its not like sending out a few tweets to incite.
Janice August 20, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Lyn, I didn't say I believed it, I just said it wasn't impossible!!! Read my post, I stated I don't think Donald is even a board member. I "heard" Lenore was a board member's wife. I really don't care either way!
lyn August 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Janice- OK, you don't believe it, yet you'll say it and it is that kind of post that gets others going too. So, now she's a wife - you "heard" it, do you believe it? Or just another post to agitate others. Sorry that this comes across as strongly debating your words, but it has gotten to the point where people are saying things that they know are not true, yet they put it out there for one reason - to rile up others. Again, I apologize for taking it out on you.
Janice August 20, 2012 at 06:33 PM
No offense taken Lyn, I do believe that Lenore very well could be a board member or a board member's wife/relative. I believe this because 1) she seems to know a lot of things that someone close to a board member or a board member himself would know. 2) She was posting quite a bit on various threads here and since that statement was made, I haven't seen much of her. Do I know this to be a fact, absolutely not and I have no problem stating that. I do not believe Donald is a board member for reasons I already stated. I do not think you are RE because RE would have no interest in what goes on in Strongsville and you seem to be a fixture on the Strongsville Patch as well. That is what I believe. I've said this to you before, I try not to get involved in the name-calling and mud slinging that has gone on here. I make statements based on what I know to be true. I've tried to be respectful of others opinions and engage in rational discussion. That being said, I was just stating that just because there was communication during the meeting didn't mean it was impossible for it to be a board member. Again, it doesn't really matter to me because aside from a small handful of posters, we are all anonymous.
lyn August 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Janice- Perhaps you are right, or maybe not. But I respect your honest opinion. Now hopefully people will limit their discussions to relevant matters. For me, unless someone or something sparks my interest, bye. I'm sure you will all manage without me. Good luck!
Joe August 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Lyn, Tryon and Dosen aren't in the negotiations. So they could post anytime. I think it's interesting that neither have responded (Lenore L. or Donald) since JS posted. Must be something there…… You can have anyone check, I have only one account that I use on this site.
lyn August 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Joe- I just can't pull out from here - thanks a lot (said with a smile)! If that's true, I stand corrected. I would assume that the board members are all part of the negotiations. That's something I never heard of. So, then who does the union negotiate with if not the board members? I realize they have attorneys, but the parties are also present in union negotiation processes - but only certain individuals may do the actual speaking.
lyn August 20, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Joe- Also, Michelle was the first to report here that evening on the Patch that the board was "Hiding in a room NOT willing to negotiate" (her exact words). And, AnnL was "corroberating the FACT" when she said "the BOE has locked itself in a room and REFUSES TO COME OUT AND NEGOTIATE" (also her words in the quotes). I do not know how people who were not part of the process would be privy to this info, but apparently they were and I guess there were several tweets similar to the above. So, I think it would be safe to assume the the board members were part of the negotiation process. But, I am willing to listening to an explanation on how they are not.
Lenore L. August 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Not a board member, board member's spouse, board member's mother. I do live in Brecksville. My name is Lenore.
Kathryn August 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM
LenoreL H? I did not expect such a mean bunch of stuff from that Lenore. I can't believe it is the store Lenore.
Joe August 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Lyn, The BOE negotiations team is no secret - Evans, Pepple (lawyer,) Rings, Ziegler. This is the first time there has been a board member in the negotiations. Usually the superintendent is in there. As to referring to the Board hiding out, it could very well mean the BOE's team.
Joe August 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Lenore, Would you give Rachel permission to verify that you aren't a board member or related to one? That would settle it.
Lenore L. August 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Yes, I give her permission to show that I am not a board member.
Lenore L. August 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Yes, I give her permission to show that I am not a board member or related to one. I don't give her permission to release my email address to the public.
Jim August 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
A tentative agreement has been reached, and it should be ratified Monday. To the conspiracy theorists, I am not a teacher, board member, or a relative of either.
Kathryn August 22, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Tentative agreement news is good but how can you know this?
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Thanks, Jim. Kathryn, it's true. There aren't many details yet, but here's the article: http://patch.com/A-xj5C
Joe August 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Rachel, Lenore L. has given you permission to release the information that she is not a board member or related to one. Is this true? Is it the same Lenore L. who has been posting? This would clear up at least one part of this thread.

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