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Former Akron teachers union president Bill Siegferth, (left to right) former mediator Rob Stein and former Akron school superintendent Brian Williams talk at the Akron Education Association. The three worked together for a new contract for teachers in 1996 and found a deal that led to years of peace and understanding by putting kids first and making more effort to understand the motivations of each side. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)