DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Education Association said Thursday its members voted in favor of authorizing a strike if the status of negotiations does not improve.
According to a release by the DEA, contract negotiations with the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education have been ongoing since January.
The DEA says since that time, nearly 20 days have been spent negotiating a collective bargaining agreement and an impasse has now been reached. As a result, according to the DEA, both sides have sought federal mediation.
“Despite over 150 hours at the table, the DEA is greatly troubled by the Board’s refusal to recognize their teachers as professionals and meet their teachers, even halfway, on several key provisions,” said David Romick, DEA president. “Tonight’s vote should sound an alarm: the Dayton Public Schools are in a crisis,” Romick cautioned.
The union says many items remain unresolved including wages and benefits.
“We will continue to bargain in good faith with the assistance of a federal mediator. We are hopeful that we will reach an agreement,” Dayton Public Schools.
The DEA represents all professional, licensed educators employed by Dayton Public Schools. The current contract expires June 30, 2017.
“Our children deserve stability, and recent decisions by this Board have created a disruptive atmosphere. As educators, however, we must create stability by addressing the exceedingly high turnover rate of educators leaving Dayton Public Schools, due to exceptionally low, and uncompetitive salaries,” said Romick.
He goes on to say “The children of this community deserve the benefit of early literacy instruction in libraries staffed by media specialists; and guidance counselors trained to support students and their families in their quest to become college and career ready,” Romick said. “Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions.”
The last day of school for DPS students is May 26th.