Teachers' union, Columbus City Schools agree to terms on 2-year contract
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- After months of negotiations that extended into the school year, Columbus City Schools and the union that represents the district's teachers have come to terms on a two-year contract.
The Columbus Education Association accepted the offer after more than 63 percent of its representatives voted yes. The terms include a 1.5 percent salary increase in the first year and a one percent increase in the second year.
The contract goes into effect immediately when the school board approves it, which Columbus Schools is expected to be approved at or before its regular meeting next Tuesday.
Of the approximately 4,100 members of the teachers' union, just over half actually voted.
According to union president Tracey Johnson, a lot of the members were disappointed by the offer and wanted more. It was in part of why the union had a unanimous vote of no confidence in the school board.
Columbus City Schools released a statement regarding the agreement and expected approval of the deal by the school board:
From the beginning of the negotiations, representatives of Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Education Association have had productive conversations on a number of issues related to a new two-year contract. Tonight, agreement has been reached, with word that the union representing our teachers has voted to accept the Board of Education’s offer. The Board is expected to approve the contract at or before its regular meeting next Tuesday. This agreement will allow both sides to place full attention on what matters most in our District: serving and empowering our nearly 52,000 students, their families, and this community.
ABC 6/FOX 28 will have more details on this developing story.