Community members held an Anti-Strike Rally in Strongsville Saturday, substitute speaks out

Negotiations meeting called for Tuesday

STRONSVILLE, Ohio - For the first time since the Strongsville Teacher's Strike started on March 4, a substitute teacher spoke exclusively to NewsChannel5, outraged at how she said she's been treated.

She asked not to be identified but said strongly, "...there's no excuse for them to swear at us during training as we try to go into the building, or be blocked physically, that is just wrong!."

The Strongsville substitute sat down with NewsChannel5 Saturday opening-up about what this experience, filling-in during a labor dispute, has been like so far.

"I need to work to make my bills so it was a good offer for me. I didn't realize I would be verbally attacked by my colleagues, by my fellow educators," said the sub. "Every morning we are greeted by shouts, signs and aggressive behaviors by striking teachers. "

The substitute said these are the same teachers, who early on, questioned the qualifications of those replacements. The substitute showed her certifications Saturday saying, "I have an advanced education in the field and I deeply resent the implication that we're not qualified teachers as a substitute. "

This substitute went on to describe how difficult it was to pick up the pieces with no lesson plans left behind and with books and other needed materials missing. She described the hard work administrators went through to put lesson plans and schedules in place. One student at the Anti-Strike Rally on Saturday described things as more organized, but the substitute said that doesn't mean it's emotionally better.

"As the strike continues," said the sub, "the stresses of the student body increase because they're getting closer to graduation or they need documentation of their work and we are not able to provide them to that ...I think a lot of them miss their teaches. I think they're really hurt they've been left behind. "

'Will the strike end?' is the big question students were left with as they recessed for Spring Break Friday. 

NewsChannel5 learned Saturday the federal mediator involved has called for a meeting with both parties for Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m.

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