September 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Teachers Union members narrowly rejected a proposed three-year contract with city public schools, the union said Sept. 22. The vote on the deal, which had averted a strike scheduled for Sept. 1, was 1,832 to 1,730.
“It was a close vote, but enough of our members clearly do not believe that the Tentative Agreement fixed the broken promises that occurred over the last three years," said CTU President David Quolke. "Our members know that there is still too much testing for our students and that evaluations must become significantly more fair.” The proposal, said a flyer put out by two teachers who opposed it, was “bursting with vague, open-ended rhetoric” and would not stop the “abusive amount of testing.” “A ‘NO’ vote does not mean a strike,” the flyer concluded. “It means, 'Go back and fix this BS'.” The deal would have given union members a 2% raise this year, but many members believed that was not enough for paraprofessionals, who generally make $25,000 to $35,000 a year. They were also skeptical about wages being renegotiated next year, after the city finds out whether a special education tax is renewed. Read more