DEA ratifies tentative agreement with DPS, issues vote of no confidence in superintedent

DEA union members voting on tentative agreement reached with DPS (WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: DEA union members voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with DPS early Thursday morning.

At a press conference Thursday evening, DEA president David Romick confirmed that the agreement was ratified, but also said they issued a vote of no confidence in DPS superintendent Rhonda Corr.

He said what happened in the past 8 months had been unfair to the Dayton community, so they entered the vote.

Romick said they didn't get what they were pushing for in their negotiations, but what they got was enough to bring them back to the classrooms on Tuesday to educate their children.

The Board is set to vote to ratify the agreement on Tuesday.

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Dayton Education Association union members gathered at the Marriott Thursday afternoon to cast a paper ballot on whether to accept the tentative agreement reached with Dayton Public Schools.

Between 800 and 1,000 union members showed up to cast their vote.

FOX 45 has asked what specifically ended the strike threat in the early hours of the morning Thursday after an 18-hour marathon negotiation session, and DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr said there were minor tweaks to the contract, which eventually brought the two sides eye-to-eye.

That contract won’t be official until the votes are counted, but DPS said they’re glad to be at this point.

“I am thrilled that our students can return back to work tomorrow with their teachers,” Corr said. “The last thing that we wanted was a strike. The last thing that we wanted was to have outsiders come in and try to replace our teachers because nobody, at the end of the day, can replace a Dayton Education Association teacher, and we have the absolute respect for them.”

FOX 45’s Kelly May is waiting to speak with union members once the vote is official. We will bring you the latest on it once we know on air and online.

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