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Non-teaching union rallies outside Cleveland school headquarters
Negotiations are at an impass.
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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Supporters of the roughly 800 library aides, clerical staff and cafeteria and maintenance workers at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District held a rally today in downtown Cleveland to try to pressure the school district to resume negotiations.

The workers have been without a contract since July, and the district has asked the State Employee Relations Board to implement a contract that the union rejected. Anthony Caldwell, communication coordinator for the district’s Service Employees International Union, outlined the next steps.

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Now if the State Employees Relations Board says ‘Yes, the workers did overwhelmingly reject this,” which we know we did, then they will tell the employer that they must continue to negotiate with employees. Then once we reach a place of impasse, it could then go to fact finding again, which could lead to a vote to accept the employer’s offer or to strike.’

The contract the union rejected cut back on vacation time and regrouped employee classifications and layoff rules.

The union representing the teachers in the district agreed to a three-year contract in May.

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