Claymont, OAPSE Union Negotiation Continues as Strike Deadline Looms

(Dennison, Ohio) – Less than one day is left for a negotiation to be reached to avoid a strike.

Officials with the Claymont City School district and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) Local 390 plan to meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21st in hopes of reaching an agreement before time runs out at 11:59 p.m. that night.

Claymont Superintendent Scott Golec explained in a video published to the district’s website that OAPSE has given the school a ten-day strike notice that indicates a strike at 12:00 a.m. on Friday if negotiation is not reached.

“I hope that we get something resolved, but [a meeting] is planned at 1:00 and I am assuming that we are going to take that as far as we can to 11:59 p.m. and hope that we can come up with a resolution,” explained Golec.

The two sides met on Monday where reportedly, some issues were resolved, but nothing substantial.

When asked if OAPSE has been operating without a contract Golec referred to it as a “myth.” He noted, “They are currently working on a previous contract, which I believe was to end in 2017. This negotiation process has been going on roughly 22 months.”

However, if the deadline comes without a resolution, as of 12:00 a.m. on Friday that the previous contract would be void and a strike would ensue.

Things you need to know:

  • If a strike happens, Claymont City Schools will still be opened, but general bus transportation will not be available. The only exception to that would be the buses that transport children with handicaps.
  • The school-day schedule would not change with the exception of a potential early release. Golec explained parents have been notified of that possibility and have been directed as to where and when to pick up their child.
  • Students are required to attend school as normal.
  • Food will be provided with some limits on variation, but Golec noted food allergies will be accounted for.
  • Teachers are required to be at work despite the OAPSE strike.
  • OAPSE members who do not go in for work will not receive wages or benefits.
  • OAPSE members who do not participate in the strike and do return to work will have a normal work day and will continue to receive all benefits and wages.

The OAPSE union represents about 84 employees.

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