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Mathews school workers plan strike or ratification vote

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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Non-teaching employees of the Mathews School district will vote on Monday to either ratify a new contract, or authorize their union to issue another ten day strike notice to the board of education.

Ron Blatt, field representative of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 611, tells 21 News that he has called members to meet at 5:00 p.m. Monday at Baker Elementary School.

Custodians, food service workers and bus drivers cast a tie vote when they considered the school board's latest offer on Wednesday.

Blatt says the 30 members will vote on the same offer Monday, and if they don't approve the pact, they'll be asked to vote on giving the union authorization to call a strike.

The union gave a ten day strike notice earlier, but called off the job action after the board agreed to schedule negotiations.

Blatt says board will not schedule another bargaining session with the union.

The main issue, according to Blatt, are objections from part time workers who won't be eligible for health care coverage because they work less than 29 hours per week.

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