Details from the new teachers contract
Columbus Education Association leaders and the Columbus Board of Education inked a new contract yesterday morning, officially ending their labor dispute.
Highlights of the three-year deal:
❄️ Snow days: No work is required from union members on "calamity days," though students may have to complete independent work at home.
🏫 HVAC upgrades: All schools will be fully "climate controlled" by the 2025-26 school year.
🧑🏫 Class sizes: By 2023-24, a middle school's maximum class size will be reduced from 35 to 33, and a high school's from 36 to 34.
🖍️ Elementary art, music and physical education: Teachers won't be assigned to more than two buildings.
💼 Outsourcing jobs: The number of positions the district can subcontract is capped at 15% of union membership.
👶 Paid parental leave: 20 days at 70% pay for birth or adoptive parents, five days for partners.
💰 Pay: 4% annual base pay raises — the largest increase in 25 years, per discussions during Sunday's union vote. That's in addition to "step increases" already built into the salary schedule that reward seniority.
- Members will receive a bonus of three days' wages to cover pay lost while striking.
Yes, and: 4% raises will also be given to the Columbus School Employees Association, representing 3,000 non-teaching employees including custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.
- That union had negotiated 2.25% raises from 2021-23, but its three-year contract includes a clause requiring the district to match any raises given to teachers.
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