FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - Teachers standing united as a contract war wages on in Fairborn.
Dozens lined the streets outside the Fairborn Education Association's Headquarters Thursday as the teachers' union and the school district met, once again, to try to iron out a deal.
"Right now, we're fighting for a fair contract. We're fighting for limited class sizes for the safety of the students. We're fighting for a fair evaluation language for both sides. We're fighting for our benefits to be controlled. We've already accepted a pay freeze for the fourth year in a row," says FEA Spokesperson Marcey Boone.
In June, the Board of Education voted to cancel the FEA's contract.
The FEA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the district with the State Employee Relations Board.
FEA members authorized leadership to file a 10-day strike notice if needed.
James Womack hopes the two sides strike a deal soon,
His son graduated from the district and he says if they don't, if could end up costing the children.
"It's not about the parents, it's about the kids, eventually they're the ones that area going to suffer," comments Womack.
Several retired educators also came out to show their support for the teachers.
"We had disagreements with the board, on and off, there were several years where we went without raises but it was never this bad," says Stacey Frey.
A district spokesperson tells me that the board won't be making any comments during contract negotiations because it is illegal.
The two have another tentative date for negotiations but won't release it until it's confirmed.
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