Aug 29, 2022 - News

Columbus teachers approve new contract, 4% raises

Columbus Education Association leadership holds signs reading "#ColumbusStudentsDeserve safe, properly maintained, fully resourced schools in every neighborhood, CEA contract 2022"

Columbus Education Association spokesperson Regina Fuentes, center, and president John Coneglio, left, speak to reporters at Huntington Park following yesterday's vote. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

Columbus teachers will get 4% annual base pay raises and all schools will be "climate controlled" by 2025, per the new three-year contract that ended last week's strike.

By the numbers: 71% of Columbus Education Association members who attended a meeting yesterday afternoon approved the agreement.

State of play: The unconventional gathering at Huntington Park had all the makings of a sporting event — a band, loudspeaker play-by-play, cheering and booing — plus what union spokesperson Regina Fuentes called a "home run" of a deal.

Yes, but: Several members spoke against the agreement, with some suggesting they further extend the strike to force a better one.

What's next: Teachers and students return to classrooms today for their first day of in-person school.

  • Meanwhile, the Columbus Board of Education will meet at 8am today to ratify the contract and make it official. We'll break down details tomorrow.

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