Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The agreement still has to be ratified by all parties.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board, teachers union and staff unions all reached tentative agreements on new contracts early Wednesday morning. The new contracts still have to be ratified by the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education, Education Association and Organization of Support Staff, and no details are available at this time on when that will be. Mike Ziegler of the Board of Education and Todd Jaeck of the Ohio Education Association confirmed that the tentative agreements were reached around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a carryover from Tuesday’s planned negotiations session. The unions and the board have been embroiled in a contentious set of negotiations since the spring. Both unions passed strike authorization …
Friday, August 17, 2012
There is no update yet on whether the pledge will be signed.
On Tuesday, we asked readers whether they supported the teacher and staff unions' proposed “pledge,” the latest move in the school district's contentious contract negotiations. The vast majority of our readers voted in favor of the idea as of Thursday afternoon. The pledge, which was revealed in a press conference Monday evening, asks the Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board to give up its right to impose a contract. In exchange, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association and Organization of Support Staff would give up their right to strike. This agreement would last until new contracts were signed. In our non-scientific poll, 74 percent of respondents voted that the pledge is a good idea and that they want both sides to…
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Tell us if you support or oppose the proposal in your own video or in the comments.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association Spokesman Joe Zenir addressed the community yesterday, asking the Board of Education to sign a pledge to revoke its right to impose a contract. In exchange, the teachers and staff unions would give up their right to strike. Check out the short video above to hear Zenir’s statement about “the pledge,” and let us know what you think of it in the comments. You can even shoot and post your own short video response. If you do, just click the “Upload Photos and Videos” button and add a caption for your video. And don't forget to take our poll. We'll report on the results later this week.
Tell us how you feel in the comments.
On Monday night, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Organization of Support Staff offered up an idea to the Board of Education: Give up your right to impose a contract and we’ll give up our right to strike, they said. Teachers and staff members gathered at the district’s Education Center, chanting and displaying signs that read, “Sign the Pledge!” As of 6 p.m. on Monday, Board President David Tryon had not seen the proposal, but said the board would take it under advisement. What do you think about the proposal? Take our poll and then tell us why in the comments.
Monday, August 13, 2012
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 district's Education Center 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…
The teachers’ union will still hold a press conference at 5:45 p.m.
The special Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday has been canceled, according to an email from the district. The majority of the meeting was scheduled to be in executive session, which is closed to the public. According to the email, the meeting was canceled due to a "lack of information necessary" for the executive session. The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association is planning a press conference for 5:45 p.m. outside the Education Center, where the board meeting was going to be held. That press conference will still go on as planned, said Joe Zenir, spokesman for the association.
The union’s announcement will come minutes before a Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education meeting at the district's Education Center.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Catch up on the news this week.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
The vote allows the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Organization of Support Staff to go on strike if a contract agreement is not reached with the school board.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Organization of Support Staff passed a strike authorization vote on Friday, calling the school board’s recent messages “misleading and untruthful” in a press release. The vote, which would allow the union to strike if a new contract agreement is not reached, passed by a 91 percent margin, according to the release. The organization represents about 250 classified employees of the district. The teachers union, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association, passed a strike authorization vote in early July. The union plans to make an announcement during a press conference Monday evening before the Board of Education’s meeting about their plans for the beginning of the school year. Board President …