A teachers strike in Strongsville, Ohio, has entered day five — and things are starting to get ugly.
Parma, a town located near Strongsville, was littered with flyers outing a so-called “scab” (i.e. a person substituting in place of one of the union members).
“I got a letter about four in the afternoon Wednesday,” Parma resident Dan Dubecky told Fox 8 Cleveland.
“It starts off by saying, ‘Do you know a scab lives in your neighborhood?’ It gives the gentleman’s name, his address, his telephone number, personal information. And then it says, ‘Why is he a scab?’ And it talks about him crossing the picket line in Strongsville,” said Dubecky.
Approximately 400 teachers are currently on strike, according to the report.
“When I walked down my street, it looks like everybody has one,” Dubecky added, referring to the flyers.
He says he can understand the teachers’ frustration, but he also thinks outing the substitute is just plain dangerous.
“Who knows what this guy will go through? I don’t know him or his circumstances, but I’m sure he’s just a guy trying to work,” said Dubecky.
A union official told the Fox affiliate that they didn’t know anything about the “scab” flyers and that “things are getting ugly for both sides.”
“It’s not just one-sided. There are teachers and retirees who are coming back to be with us whose cars are getting egged,” said Tracy Linscott, SEA President.
No new talks between the union and the Board of Education have been announced.
“We found out this past week how strong we really are. That we can stand strong and make a statement,” said Linscott.
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