Striking Strongsville teachers ask for money to pay medical bills, insurance premiums

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The Strongsville Education Association is asking for donations to help its members pay medical bills while on strike.

Nearly 400 teachers went on strike on March 4 after negotiations with the Strongsville Board of Education failed. Since then, the two sides have met with a federal mediator, but no agreement has been reached.

The SEA posted a link to a PayPal on its website this week and explained that members do not receive salary or benefits during the strike. (Mobile users click here: )

Our news partners at Strongsville Patch reported Strongsville teachers have until May 7 to sign up for COBRA insurance, which costs about $1,670 per family. Those teachers who join COBRA now will have to pay retroactive premiums for March and April, Patch reported.

Also on its website, the SEA said it accepted an offer from arbitrator Marvin Feldman, who reached out to both sides in the strike. Feldman will waive his daily fee of $1,250, the union said.

SEA President Tracy Linscott said the union's latest proposal includes $2 million in concessions and extending the school day by 30 minutes. The union is also agreeing to all of the school board's insurance changes.

Read the latest SEA proposal here (.pdf file):

The Strongsville City School District board offered an "enhanced offer" based on $3.2 million in unexpected revenue from tax collections.

"We have offered a proposal that provides the teachers with a half-step increase for each of two years or a one-time cash payment of $1,200 depending on their position," said school board president David Frazee in a news release.    

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