Happened right after striking Strongsville teachers left the building.
(Garfield Heights) -- A regional teachers union office in Garfield Heights was vandalized over the weekend, and some are believing it may be related to the teachers strike in Strongsville.
Bill Lavezzi, executive director of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) tells WTAM 1100 that early on Saturday evening, someone threw a chunk of asphalt through the front door of the building on East 96th Street that they share with other tenants.
According to Lavezzi, the approximately 3-by-10 inch chunk of asphalt and the hole it made in the glass of a building entrance were discovered about 7:15 p.m. Saturday by a cleaning crew. Members of the cleaning crew called police and then called Lavezzi.
Lavezzi says that about 6:00 p.m. that same evening, members of the Strongsville Education Association (SEA) left the building. The SEA had challenged board of education bargainers to come to a bargaining session that afternoon, but school leaders did not come to the meeting, preferring to go to Sunday's session called by a federal mediator.
"The fact that there was a fairly well publicized meeting here leads us to believe it's not a coincidence," says Lavezzi.
There were no injuries, and damage was confined to the front doors of the building. Garfield Heights police are investigating.
NEOEA is a regional office of the Ohio Education Association, and acts as an office for teachers unions that don't have permanant offices of their own.
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