Avert A Strike

RESUMPTION OF classes is nearing. Unfortunately, so is a possible strike in the Buckeye Local School District.

The Ohio Association of Public School Employees in the district voted to go on strike last week following the rejection of a contract offer from the board of education.

OAPSE members nixed the board’s latest offer by a resounding 59-6 margin. Subsequently, the union voted 60-4 in favor of a strike.

School district strikes are never a good thing. Strikes so close to the commencement of a new school year can prove very damaging.

OAPSE encompasses secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, aides and maintenance workers. They are integral to the operations of a school system.

Union officials filed paperwork last week to give a 10-day notice for the strike. Such a notice enables the two sides to keep talking and negotiating in hopes of reaching common ground on an accord.

The strike date has been set for Aug. 18.

The sticking point is insurance. OAPSE members are facing higher health-care costs.

The negotiations have been ongoing since March. The talks encountered a snag last month. Hopefully, it doesn’t become a roadblock.

We encourage both sides to bargain in good faith. In all contract talks, there is an eventual meeting point. We hope Buckeye Local board members and OAPSE reach a quick and harmonious accord.

If such does not occur, we urge OAPSE members to stay on their jobs while talks continue. Students should not be held hostage in a contract dispute.