FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - A battle over benefits is raging in Fairborn.
Teachers and board members are at the negotiating table after several months of back and forth bargaining over a fair contract.
As the negotiation teams drove in, members of the FEA lined the streets outside this building on Presidential Drive, wearing red, holding up signs that say 'respect' and cheering in support of the teachers.
In June, the Board of Education voted to cancel the FEA's contract.
The teacher's union says that's illegal and filed an unfair labor practice charge against the district with the State Employee Relations Board.
Since that meeting, the teachers' union says the board has imposed higher health care costs, lowered health care benefits, and increased class sizes.
FEA spokesperson and Baker Middle School English Teacher Marcey Boone tells me that teachers have also accepted a pay freeze for the fourth year in a row.
She says that the children aren't seeing any of these effects.
But, FEA members have authorized leadership to file a 10-day strike notice if needed.
"As soon as we walk in the classroom, we don't think about it. We teach. We have children. We don't have time to think about not having a contract. But, as soon as you go home every night, it's very frustrating to think of the disrespect that we're receiving and the fight and the extra work that we're having to put into our jobs right now. It's overwhelming and it's tiring," said Marcey Boone, FEA spokesperson.
A spokesperson for the school district says the board will not be making a comment since it's illlegal during contract negotiations.
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