Columbus City Schools’ teachers reach deal preventing possible strike

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Teachers with Columbus City Schools have reached a deal with the city board that is expected to prevent a possible strike.  

A tweet from the Columbus Education Association stated “1:48am: After 17 straight hours of bargaining a comprehensive conceptual agreement has been reached on a new contract!!! CEA members check your email for details.” 

Last month, the nearly 4,000-member Columbus Education Association teachers authorized a 10-day notice, in the event they go on strike. 

The CEA had been in the process of trying to obtain a new contract for the city’s teachers, which would include higher pay and more benefits. The teachers were also encouraging district leaders to reduce class sizes. 

Columbus City Schools issued the following statement:

“The Board of Education has reached a conceptual agreement on a new contract with CEA. CEA leadership will be finalizing the contract language for review and will be releasing information to its members in due course. The Board of Education is pleased with the work it has done in cooperation with CEA and looks forward to a great start to the school year.”

Chief Communications Officer Scott Wortman

The Columbus Education Association released the following statement:

At 1:45am this morning, after 17 continuous hours of negotiations, the bargaining teams from the Columbus Education Association and the Board of Education of Columbus City Schools reached a comprehensive conceptual agreement on a new labor contract covering more than 4,000 CEA members.

“We appreciate the support and solidarity demonstrated by our members, community allies, and labor partners in our fight for the schools Columbus Students Deserve. We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of federal mediator Joe Trejo in bringing this process to a successful conclusion. Our members will review and vote on ratification of this conceptual agreement before further details are released” said CEA President John Coneglio.

The members of the Columbus Education Association look forward to the upcoming start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Columbus Education Association is the union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools. The Columbus Education Association is a proud affiliate of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

The details of the new contract have not been released.

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