Perrysburg administration & teachers file grievances PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:29
Superintendent Tom Hosler (right) is seen discussing the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) with Treasurer Matt Feasel (left) and school board president Gretchen Downs (middle) during a school board meeting October 21, 2013. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Grievances filed by both sides surround a debate over compensation and evaluations that has teachers working on an expired contract.
Superintendent Tom Hosler filed an unfair labor practice charge Monday with the State Employment Relations Board against the Perrysburg Education Association, the teachers' union. The complaint claims that union representatives failed to respond with availability for a fact-finding session to take place after the sides failed to negotiate a new agreement with a mediator Oct. 8.
"By failing and refusing reasonable promptly to make itself available for mediation and then fact-finding, PEA has violated its duty to bargain in good faith at reasonable times and places," a violation of the Ohio Revised Code, the complaint states.
Hosler said expediency is imperative, as fact-finding could take place in December and must be scheduled soon.
"If those dates aren't available because of the delay, that really kicks it out even further," he said.
The union contract expired July 31.
"We want to bargain, and we want the process to move forward. And right now, it's not. So we're hoping this will help move the conversation forward," Hosler said.
"You saw it tonight on people's faces. They're anxious, and we are too. We just want to get things going."
As it stands, there will be a hearing with the State Employment Relations Board about the charge. Hosler said the complaint could be withdrawn if a timely response is made by the union, but he would have to speak with the board about doing so.
A member of the Perrysburg Education Association is seen among other attendees during a meeting of the Perrysburg School Board October 21, 2013. Perrysburg teachers are working on expired contract after an unsuccessful attempt at mediation earlier this month.
More than 50 teachers and community members appeared at Monday's school board meeting to show support of the union, which filed a grievance claiming the school district would not negotiate a new system for teacher evaluations. No teachers or union representatives spoke during public participation portions of the meeting.
Tom Przybylski, president-elect of PEA, said teachers also showed up to hear more about the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, now required by the state. After an hour-long presentation by Hosler, Przybylski said he thought most teachers were already aware of what was shared.SClBOTES changes the way teacher evaluations are compiled and assigns four new rankings, from ineffective to accomplished. They are based on an even split between student growth and teacher performance standards, as based on increased classroom observations.SClBHosler said the two sides reached a conceptual agreement on using the evaluations several months ago.
Przybylski said the groups have not bargained on the "framework" of OTES, and as long as teachers are working under the old contract, the new system should not be implemented.
When negotiations reach the fact-finding stage, one party from each side who has not been involved in prior discussions will join with an outside party to review issues that have not been resolved.
Przybylski said he could not discuss the matters that remain unresolved. The school district's charge indicates "nearly all issues" were resolved other than salary and insurance.
PEA represents about 300 teachers and other staff members who fall under that designation, such as counselors, speech therapists, psychologists and media specialists.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:50

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