Avoid a Strike

THE START of a new school year is imminent. Unfortunately, so is a strike within the Buckeye Local School District.

The district’s Ohio Association of Public School employees are threatening to walk off their jobs if a new accord is not reached. With classes scheduled to start soon, time is of the essence.

Fortunately, the two opposing sides are expected to meet Tuesday morning. The bargaining session is being called for by a federal mediator.

It is a meeting that needs to take place and one that also needs to yield a long-awaited accord.

It may also be the final chance to avert a strike. OAPSE employees are planing to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 25. That is two days before the resumption of classes.

According to Union Representative Lynda Bolin, a key sticking point that recently developed is the board of education’s requirement that union officials agree that whatever tentative agreement is reached, it would automatically be considered as having been approved by the union members before being seen, calling it a requirement for “pre-ratification.”

With a possible strike looming on the horizon, the board of education voted in favor of getting a strike crisis specialty firm under contract and poised for deployment if necessary. We hope such a move becomes a moot point via a contract agreement.

We encourage both sides to get together Tuesday and remain together until the impasse has been removed.

The Buckeye Local students deserve as much.