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Fairborn Teachers Threaten to Strike
FAIRBORN -- Hundreds of teachers and staff for Fairborn City Schools gathered for a peaceful protest outside the Ohio Education Department where the board is meeting to negotiate contracts.
Members of the Fairborn Teachers Association have been without a contract now since June 30.
"It's disheartening because we were only in negotiations for a month before they did end our contract so we don't feel like we had the opportunity to negotiate fairly," said Mary Boone, who has been working with the district for 11 years.
The teachers are unhappy with working conditions, health benefits and the reduction of sick time.
"We had a lower health care benefit program imposed upon us. They've taken away our personal days, they've capped sick leave. We've had some people with 300 days of personal leave that's now capped at 120," said Brian McWhorter, Fairborn Teacher Association spokesperson.
"We are looking for class sizes to be limited and controlled for the safety of the students. We're already having some safety issues due to a reduction of noon duty aids at this time," Boone.
Reporter Annette Peagler reached out to the school board and superintendent and officials say they could not comment until negotiations are over.
ABC 22 News reached out to the community about the contracts.
"I think that's awful, if a person works all those years and all of a sudden and you're ready to retire and things are reduced that's terrible," said Shiela Furderer of Fairborn.
Until the teachers' terms are met they say they'll have more events like Thursday until the board meets them at the table.
"I hear more and more teachers saying we're ready to walk, we're ready to walk and this is just one last effort to tell them you know we're really not happy, what you're doing is illegal and we're not going to stand for it much longer," said McWhorter.
The Fairborn School District has a levy on the ballot this November. An emergency levy in May failed. Wednesday's meeting ended without an agreement on the teachers' contract.
We will be monitoring this story in the coming days to see if anything changes.
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