Union members and opponents square off.
(Strongsville) - Emotions ran high outside Strongsville City Hall as substitutes arrived to sign up for duty Sunday.
While walking in, Strongsville teachers greeted the incoming subs with hostile chants and even cursed at individuals as they walked into the City Hall.
Linda, who signed up to be strikebreaker, told Newsradio WTAM 1100 she did it for the children. She supports unions, but believes the teachers are being greedy.
Kevin, a Strongsville resident also accused the teachers of being money hungry, and openly confronted them at City Hall.
Amy McMillan of the Strongsville Teachers Association said the union is willing to resume bargaining, but says the school board is refusing to resume negotiations.
Substitute confronted by Strongsville teachers after signing up.
Strongsville teachers have been working without a contract since June, and say they have given concessions over the past few years totaling $3 million dollars.
Joe Bellski, a former Strongsville resident drove in from Medina to support the teachers, and said the board's refusal to talk actually amounts to a lock-out.
While the site became an intense verbal battleground between teachers and subs, police were on the scene to make sure the protest remained peaceful.
On Sunday night the teacher's union voted to strike. The strike went into effect as of 12:01am March 4th3.
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(Copyright 2013 Clear Channel, all rights reserved. Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM 1100.)