Columbus strike: Teachers in Ohio’s largest school district vote to strike just before start of school year

The Columbus Education Association – which represents more than 4,000 teachers, nurses and other education professionals in the Columbus City Schools District – said it would be its first strike in decades.

“94% of Columbus Education Association (CEA) members voted to reject the (school’s) board’s last, best and final offer and went on strike for the first time since 1975,” the union said. in a press release. Twitter. “CEA is committed to negotiating for safe and welcoming public schools that are properly maintained and equipped with all the resources Columbus students deserve.”
The union said the disagreement was over learning conditions, including class sizes and working heating and air conditioning in classrooms, according to the Columbus Education Association. notice of intention to strike.
“Tonight’s vote by the Columbus Education Association (CEA) is incredibly disappointing. We are saddened by the unfortunate situation facing our families, our community and, most importantly, our children,” the board said. administration in a press release.

Columbus City schools serve 47,000 students, according to the district.

Despite the strike, the school year is still scheduled to start on Wednesday, but classes will be online and led by substitutes, according to the school district’s website.

The district says its own administrators can also teach classes online while the strike continues. But because teachers make up the bulk of the district’s coaching staff, sports activities can be postponed or canceled, according to the website.

The Columbus City school strike isn’t the only one taking place this week.

Just a day before the vote in Ohio, a union representing about 2,000 Philadelphia school district employees voted to authorize a strike – just over a week before the start of the school year.

The Philadelphia union, 32BJ SEIU, is demanding higher wages and adequate training programs.

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