FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - Fairborn teachers and union representatives held a rally Thursday afternoon in hopes of exposing what they say are unfair labor practices by the Fairborn Board of Education.
2 NEWS spoke with union spokesperson Brian McWhorter who said the schools three unions are inching closer to an all out strike.
He said the rally with teachers and their supporters will be what he called, "A practice strike..without the picket signs."
He said it's a show of support for the negotiations team while protesting what they call the reverse bargaining methods of the Board of Education.
Union members are upset the school board recently ended the district's contract with them while implementing several changes in their health care, denying some sick day pay as well as expanded class sizes without their approval.
McWhorter said the teachers have also seen unapproved changes in their lunch time duties requiring too few teachers to watch too many students, a practice he said, "Is unsafe to students on the playground and a concern to many parents."
McWhorter said these acts are a clear violation of not only their contract but also a violation of Ohio labor law.
The school board is asking for $1.5 million in concessions to keep the district afloat, without having to ask taxpayers for more money.
Board president Tess Little said, "The Fairborn School Board is legally not allowed to discuss ongoing negotiations."
At 3:45 this afternoon, teachers, wearing their trademark red t-shirts will gather at the Wright Executive Building at 2970 Presidential Drive in Fairborn as a show of support for their negotiations team heading into a bargaining session with the school board at 4 p.m.
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