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Teacher strike looms as DEA and DPS fail to reach a deal in day 2 of negotiations

Teacher strike looms as DEA and DPS fail to reach a deal in day 2 of negotiations (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - No deal has been reached after a second day of contract negotiations between Dayton Public Schools and the Dayton Education Association teachers union.

Both sides will go back to the bargaining table on Wednesday, August 9 for their final negotiation session with a federal mediator.

After that if no contract deal is reached, the union may legally begin their work stoppage strike at 12:01 AM on Friday, August 11.

The first day of school for the district is August 15.

Negotiation teams from both sides we're at the table late into Monday night but said around 10 PM but no deal would be reached and negotiations would resume Wednesday.

"The Dayton Education Association sincerely appreciates the strong community support from parents, faith leaders, small business owners, and labor leaders today. This high-level of support reminds us that the Dayton community supports their teachers and for that we are most grateful. Dayton teachers are so very proud of our community, and appreciate the solidarity!", stated David Romick, Dayton Education Association president.

A district representative could not be reached for comment immediately following Monday nights negotiations.

Both sides have said it is their goal to avoid a strike and have been negotiating in good faith.

Romick told Fox 45 the teachers are fighting for a salary that is competitive with the surrounding districts, benefits, school resources, and respect from the administration.

Parents said with the negotiations coming down to the wire, the community is anxious for a resolution.

"They should put a little pep in their step or whatever the teachers are looking for if it's reasonable, give it to them," said Willie Parson, "If it's reasonable you know because we got to think about the kids ultimately here."

If a work stoppage strike happens the school district said they have implemented plans to have 600 substitute teachers at school with students on the first day.

Following the final negotiations Wednesday, the DEA union has issued a critical meeting notice to its members on Thursday.

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