Westlake Teachers Association: 'We do not want to strike, but we will'

Westlake Teachers Association: 'We do not want to strike, but we will'

WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - We don't want to strike, but we will. That's the message from the Westlake Teachers Association after it says the District has issued its last, best and final contract offer. 

Teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year. 

The sticking point has been pay.  

Details of this latest offer will not be released until it is presented to the full WTA membership. That's expected to happen Friday.  The 302 members would then vote on the contract. 

If WTA turns it down, district leaders have to decide whether to go back to the bargaining table. If they are not willing to negotiate, WTA says they will vote to strike. 

Loretta Tindall is the WTA Crisis Communications Chair.  She said a strike team has been formed. They are currently in the process of establishing headquarters and determining specifics on benefits available in the event teachers decide to walk off the job. 

"Our message is simple. It is about respect, respect for the teachers of Westlake and respect for the students we serve," Tindall said. 

Cleveland 19 has calls out to the Westlake School Superintendent and the School Board President for a response. 

The next school board meeting is Monday, May 9. A large crowd is expected.

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