WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The vice president of the Champion School Board, David Mahan, issued a letter on Wednesday stating that negotiations with the district’s teachers have gotten to the point where the teachers’ union has issued an intent to strike.
Mahan wrote that the board and teachers’ union have been negotiating contracts for three months, saying the teachers were offered raises equal to the highest offered in Trumbull County.
Mahan claims the union wanted to use pandemic relief money to increase salaries but the board refused.
The Champion Education Association released a statement Thursday afternoon. The statement encouraged the school board to come to “a fair and equitable contract” by implementing relief money.
If the board and the CEA can come to an agreement July 28 at their next meeting, the CEA can avoid a strike.
The statement says “We love our students and hope to reach a fair resolution before the start of the upcoming school year. We look forward to working together to ensure that teachers are back in the classroom on August 16.”
A deal has been reached with the support staff.