East Liverpool teachers issue intent-to-strike notice

East Liverpool teachers protest their contract
East Liverpool teachers protest their contract

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Teachers in the East Liverpool school district are threatening to go on strike.

Thursday, the district’s teachers union issued a 10-day intent-to-strike notice. If teachers agree to go on strike during the next 10 days, they would not show up to work on Monday, Aug. 24. That’s the first day of classes in the district, according to Teachers Union Spokeswoman Trisha Hutton.

The East Liverpool Board of Education in an undated release sent to the WKBN newsroom says schools will open on time in the event of a strike. They say the administration is preparing for that possibility.They call the intent-to-strike notice an attempt to cause disruption to the 2015-2016 school year.

Union members say they are unhappy that the school board implemented a contract without their approval. The school board has no plans to go back to the bargaining table. In April, the union rejected what the board said would be its last offer.

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