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Cleveland schools and union hit an impass
Union rejects fact finder's report and pushes unfair labor charges
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The union representing about 800 non-teaching employees of Cleveland schools has filed an unfair labor complaint against the district. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the lack of progress in negotiations for a new three-year contract.

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The Service Employees International Union says this is the first time in the 37 years of negotiations that more than two dozen unresolved issues went to fact-finding. And the union didn’t like the fact finder’s response, which included recommendations to end vacation time for employees on 10-month contracts, to blend categories of jobs and to add disciplinary records to seniority in deciding who gets called back who gets called back from layoffs. 

Union spokesman Anthony Caldwell acknowledges that, under the Cleveland Transformation Plan, the Cleveland Teachers Union has agreed to a blending of performance with seniority in certain decisions. But he says this proposal would be arbitrary, with no real definition of how discipline would be evaluated in recalls. 

“I think there were unintended consequences that came out of the Cleveland Plan that workers did not expect. Some of the collective bargaining changes that the school district has tried to impose. Other unions have been able to work through it and that’s ultimately what we want to do. We want to be able to sit at the table and have a conversation with Nick Jackson and the CMSD administrators about how these agreements.” 

The union has not issued a 10-day strike notice, which would be required under Ohio law. The district has not responded to a request for comment.

 

 

 

 

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