Teachers in Cleveland suburb vote to go on strike

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Teachers in a Cleveland suburb have voted to strike if it cannot agree on a contract with the school district.

The Westlake teachers’ union voted Wednesday afternoon following more than a year of negotiations. The strike would take effect on the first school day in August. All summer operations would be suspended after June 24.

The Westlake School Board voted on Monday to implement its final contract offer. The board says the offer includes salary increases and modest health care changes.

The teachers’ union last month rejected the board’s offer and countered with its own proposal. The board says that proposal exceeds their projected spending by nearly 30 percent.

The board says it is “deeply disappointed” with the union’s decision.

The union says the strike would be “devastating” for students.