Teachers, Champion School Board continue negotiating to avoid strike

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CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – Contract negotiations between Champion teachers and the school board continued on Wednesday.

Both parties returned to the table with a federal mediator in an attempt to avoid a strike. This comes a week after the teachers union issued an intent to strike.

The teachers held a peaceful rally Wednesday morning.

School Board Vice President David Mahan said during negotiations, they offered teachers raises equal to the highest offered in Trumbull County.

The Champion Education Association (CEA) said other county school districts are being offered higher percentage increases and raises than what is being offered to Champion teachers.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, an agreement was not made but the CEA said there was some progress.

The CEA is asking citizens to contact the superintendent and board members to urge them to negotiate a fair contract.

“It is challenging, this isn’t where we wanted to be. Definitely don’t want to go on strike, what we want is just to be back with our students and hopefully this message will resonate with the school board and our negotiation team and encourage them to get things done,” said CEA spokesperson Eric Bilas.

Another mediation session has been tentatively scheduled for August 13.

Classes are set to begin on August 18.

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