Teachers End Strike, Return to Classrooms
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ The city’s public school teachers returned to classrooms Monday with a new contract, ending a 16-day strike.
Jill Moberley, spokeswoman for the Dayton Board of Education, said teachers reported to work at all 49 of the district’s schools.
Superintendent James Williams said he visited 11 schools. ″Things were moving well,′ he said. ″Teachers were happy. Students were happy.″
He said 97 percent of the district’s 1,900 teachers reported for work.
Members of the Dayton Education Association, the union representing the teachers, ratified the new contract Sunday night. Union President Keith Haws said the contract was approved by 98 percent of the 1,300 members who voted.
Only about 8 percent of the teachers crossed picket lines. The 28,000- student district hired substitute teachers, but only about 40 percent of pupils attended classes.
The teachers walked off the job March 25 after rejecting a contract offer from the school board. Differences centered on salary increases, incentive bonuses and employee contributions to health insurance.
The new agreement includes a 2 percent raise retroactive to April 5, raises of 4 percent this September and next year, and a 5 percent raise in January 1996. Teachers must begin paying 5 percent of their health insurance premiums this year, 10 percent in 1994 and 15 percent in September 1995.