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Dayton Education Association votes in favor of strike authorization

Members of the Dayton Education Association voted in favor of a strike authorization if the status of their current contract negotiations do not improve. (Photo: MGN Online)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Members of the Dayton Education Association voted in favor of a strike authorization if the status of their current contract negotiations do not improve, according to a media release.

The release said the DEA has been negotiating with the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education since January 6, 2017, and they have spent nearly 20 days since then negotiating a successor collective bargaining agreement. They have also brought on a federal mediator to help reach a solution before the current contract expires June 20, 2017.

“Despite over 150 hours at the table, the DEA is greatly troubled by the Board’s refusal to recognize their teachers as professionals and meet their teachers, even halfway, on several key provisions,” DEA president David Romick said in a release. “Tonight’s vote should sound an alarm: the Dayton Public Schools are in a crisis."

Wages and benefits are just two of the issues that remain on the table for negotiation.

The DEA does represent all professional, licensed educators employed by DPS, and the interest remains in negotiating a contract that will allow them to provide the supports needed to best educate the children of the community.

DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr gave the following statement to FOX 45's Kelly May:

We value our teachers and the work that they do and hope a resolution can be reached.

and Dayton Public Schools released the following official statement:

We will continue to bargain in good faith with the assistance of a federal mediator. We are hopeful that we will reach an agreement.

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