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Maple Heights Teachers' Strike Continues

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) -  A teachers strike in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights drags on as the union and district continueto exchange insults and accusations.

Negotiations are on hold while the union argues with schoolofficials over how the union shares contract offers with its members. Teachers walked off the job on Sept. 4.

Mayor Santo Incorvaia has tried several times to bring the twosides together but failed.

The teachers are asking for a 6 percent raise this year and 5 percent next year. The district said that it could only afford raises of 3 and 3.5 percent.

Board lawyer and contract negotiator Louis Damiani has calledthe union's original request an "Alice in Wonderland proposal."

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