Friday, October 12, 2001

Mason outlines contingency plan

Negotiations with teachers continue

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — The Mason school board has passed a contingency plan in case of a teachers' union strike this month.

        Details from the board's last meeting were released one day after the union voted to strike Oct. 29 if a resolution is not reached.

        The board intends to continue negotiations with the Mason Education Association, but said it is imperative to prepare for a work stoppage.

        The board's resolution authorizes the following steps if teachers strike:

        • The superintendent is authorized to hire substitute teachers at a pay rate of up to $250 per day for the duration of the strike.

        • The superintendent and the administration are directed to consider contracting with a professional services firm to secure substitute teachers.

        • The superintendent and administration are directed to interview, select and enter into a contract with a firm to provide security services.

        • The superintendent is authorized to obtain equipment that he deems necessary.

        Board member Connie Yingling said the board wants to avoid a strike.

        “It's absolutely the board's desire to come to a resolution, it always has been,” Ms. Yingling said.

        MEA spokeswoman Maria Correale said a contract proposal that provided what she termed “good working conditions” would bring the union back to the negotiating table.

        The union has rejected two contract proposals this year. A bargaining session with a federal mediator is scheduled Wednesday.


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