July 29, 2014

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School unions working under terms of expired contracts

MEDINA — The Medina City School District is still negotiating contracts with teachers and support staff, with both unions and the school board expecting to reach an agreement this month.

The district’s contract with the Medina City Teachers Association expired at the end of 2010, so the union is working under the terms of its old contract, MCTA President JoAnn Shire said.

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“Our contract was up Dec. 31, but that just means it rolls over until we have a new one, so we’re working under the same conditions,” she said.

The contract includes $1 million in concessions teachers agreed to in June, including a 1 percent decrease in teachers’ raises this school year. They also agreed to contribute what amounts to 15 percent of their monthly health premiums.

MCTA contract negotiations began in November.

Because negotiations are ongoing, Shire and Superintendent Randy Stepp said they could not discuss whether concessions would be continued.

Stepp said the Ohio Association of Public School Employees contract expired in June, and the union also is working under the terms of the expired contract.

The union represents support staff, including bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, transportation workers, maintenance workers and food service employees.

“We are still in the process of negotiating, so nothing has been settled or is ready to presented to board at this time,” he said.

He said layoffs are still on the table because the district is facing a $3.9 million deficit by June 2012.

“We haven’t made any decisions as to how to balance the budget, but we will make those decisions in the next couple of months,” he said. “We aren’t anywhere close to being done making changes in the school district.”

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.