Greetings from the Burgh, where we join them our publishing partner, John Russell of Hollerwho is down in Columbus.
We’ll have a longer story and more videos tomorrow, but here’s a quick update on what’s happening in Ohio.
Columbus Teachers Insurance Ended As Negotiations Continue
Several teachers in Ohio were injured yesterday when they were hit with a pellet gun by a driver crossing a picket line. But they will have to pay out of pocket to see a doctor since the Columbus School District cut health insurance for all striking teachers.
“I am saddened to hear that the striking teachers’ health insurance has been revoked,” said Sen. Hearcel F. Craig in his words. “I feel it is inappropriate to put the lives of teachers and their families at risk, and I am calling on Columbus City Schools to reinstate their health insurance as soon as possible.”
As the strike enters its fourth day, teachers and Columbus City Schools are at the negotiating table with the help of a state mediator.
Union Raises $60,000 on GoFundMe to Support Working Teachers
The Columbus Education Association has set up a GoFundMe to help fund medical and other expenses. So far, the fund has raised $60,000. You can donate to their strike fund here.
Parents Fear Negotiating Fees When Arguing to Cross Picket Lines
Meanwhile, the school administration is trying to replace more than 4,000 teachers who are on strike by recruiting a group of 600 teachers to teach through distance learning.
Because of the union with the teachers, some parents refuse to cross the “curved line.” However, some fear that their children may be accused of joining the workforce if they do not skip school.
A group of parents have planned to deal with school charges that could be handed out to children for skipping lessons and scabies. Some parents have also started their own courses.
“We plan to spend the rest of the week talking and reading with our children about the labor movement and unions, and walking the picket lines,” parent Chris Wood of Beechwold told the Columbus Dispatch. “We have friends who are teachers and, considering what they give up and risk their lives, we agreed that not being able to go to class is the sacrifice that we can be given.”
Lordstown-Area Teachers Threatened Again With Health Insurance Cuts
With property tax cuts in school districts around Ohio, teachers elsewhere in the state are taking notice. In Niles, outside Lordstown, where the General Motors plant closed in 2019, teachers are planning to strike next Thursday, Sept.
The Niles school district has already voted to strip striking teachers of their health insurance.
Teachers there earn between $6,000 and $8,000 less than teachers in surrounding districts and have said they are determined to strike.
“We cannot allow the basic salary of our teachers to continue to be a living wage,” NEA spokeswoman Traci Kempe told the Tribune Chronicle. “What does this say about the future of quality education in the city of Niles? We are not going to attract the best young teachers to the Niles School District.”
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