FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN)- Earlier this month, it appeared talks had broken down when the Fairborn City School district announced negotiations would continue but only through e-mail.
Then, this week, it was announced that a new proposal is on the table.
“Technically, at this point, it’s not a tentative agreement. When both sides’ leaderships sign off on it, then it becomes a tentative agreement and it is fairly binding. But, at this point, a tentative agreement has not been reached,” explains FEA Spokesperson Brian McWhorter.
The previous contract expired June 30th.
The two sides have been at odds about what that means.
Teachers say they are still working, based on that previous contract until a new deal is reached.
But, the board of education voted to cancel it, they say teachers are working without a contract right now.
The teachers union calls that an unprecedented move and has filed a grievance with the State Employee Relations Board.
A hearing is set for next Wednesday.
But, the day before, the teachers union, will vote on this new proposal.
“There has been some movement on salary, which we didn’t ask for. We were okay with freezing. Class size, is there’s some movement there, but they’re still not giving us all of our noon duty aides back and that’s a huge concern for our members,” says McWhorter.
The FEA Spokesperson tells me a majority vote is needed to accept the proposal.
Late last year, teachers authorized FEA leaders to file a 10-day strike notice if needed.