Saturday, October 05, 2002

Tentative deal to avoid school strike

        FRANKLIN - There will be no strike Monday in the Franklin Schools. After meeting with federal mediators for more than seven hours Friday, negotiators for the school board and the schools' nonteaching employees have reached a tentative agreement, said Bill Wood, assistant superintendent.

        The agreement will be presented to the school board during a retreat today. Members of Local 635 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees will review the agreement at a meeting Sunday.

        The 125 bus drivers, cooks, aides, mechanics, secretaries, custodians and maintenance workers have been working under the terms of the old contract, which expired last June.

        Had an agreement not been reached, the union had authorized a strike for midnight Monday.


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