Reynoldsburg Education Association Issues 10-Day Strike Notice

Today, the Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) bargaining team,
representing 364 professional educators in the district, issued a 10-Day Strike Notice with the State
Employee Relations Board (SERB) as authorized by an overwhelming vote of the membership. The action
begins a 10 day countdown towards a September 19th work stoppage. REA Spokesperson Kathy Evans
said:

“As front line educators, we have listened to our students, our parents, and our community. We have
heard the calls for class size caps. We have heard the calls for addressing our teacher turnover issue. We
have brought these issues to the bargaining table time and time again, and each time Superintendent
Tina Thomas-Manning and the Board have refused to address these crucial concerns, instead continuing
a divisive ideological crusade that now leaves us with no choice but to exercise our right to strike. As
advocates for our students and our community, we don’t want a strike, but we will strike if that’s what it
takes to give our students, parents, and community the schools they deserve.”

The REA remains hopeful that the Board will join our union, our community, our parents, and our
students in working toward a fair contract instead of picking a divisive fight. Last night, 97% of the REA
membership rejected the Board’s latest offer with a force of community members, parents, and
students supporting the teachers outside the meeting. The teachers have started the school year with a
contract that expired on July 31, 2014.

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