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Cleveland Teachers Union Wants District Back at the Bargaining Table

Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke wants the school district to restart contract talks.
Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke wants the school district to restart contract talks.
Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke wants the school district to restart contract talks.
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Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke wants the school district to restart contract talks.

TheCleveland Teachers Union says there is still time for the city’s public school officials to return to the bargaining table before a fact-finder takes over the contract negotiations. Last week theCleveland Metropolitan School Districthalted talks saying they had stalled.

Teachers union chief DavidQuolkesays the negotiations did not break down after three months. But, he says the district refused to discuss less student testing, better pay for teacher’s aides and improvements in the teacher evaluation system among other issues.Quolkesays the fact finding will begin in late April, and both sides should get back to the bargaining table before then. 

“it’s in the best interest of both parties, the Cleveland kids and the community, that the two sides work to tackle those tough issues and come to a negotiated settlement, not let an independent third party make those decisions for you.”

A district official says the district cannot publicly discuss the issues on the table, but points out that other unions in the school district have agreed to one year contract extensions. The current teachers’ contract expires at the end of June.

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