East Liverpool teachers file unfair labor practice complaint

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Teachers in East Liverpool soon could be on the picket line after rejecting the city board of education’s last best offer and authorizing the issuance of a 10-day strike notice.

The East Liverpool Education Association and the East Liverpool Board of Education have been attempting to negotiate an agreement since the last one expired Aug. 31. The ELEA represents approximately 185 teachers, all of whom rejected what the school board called its last, best contract offer Thursday.

The ELEA filed the complaint with the State Employment Relations Board, claiming that the school board violated good faith bargaining practices under collective bargaining laws.

Their union has also given the okay to authorize a 10-day strike notice.

School Board member Bob Estell has told First News that if the teachers don’t accept the final offer by 8 AM April 13, the board will implement the contract.

Both sides have been working with a federal mediator to reach a settlement. However, ELEA spokeswoman Trisha Hutton said Superintendent Melissa Watson and the Board of Education decided to issue a “last packaged offer” on March 27.

She said the offer was extended without allowing discussion or the opportunity for the ELEA to present the proposals they had prepared for that negotiation session. The offer was presented after less than two hours of meeting on March 27, Hutton said.

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