Teachers again prove SB5 is a sham budget tool

Collective bargaining continues to work in Ohio, and teachers and support professionals continue to make deep sacrifices for their communities to alleviate busted budgets and tough economic times. Today brings news of 2 such efforts, and further highlights the fact that SB5 is not a budget correcting tool, but a politically motivated attack on working people.

Columbus City Schools

The Columbus teachers union has agreed to a new two-year contract that apparently will delay the impact of Ohio's recently passed collective bargaining bill.

Under the pact, which the Columbus Board of Education approved tonight, teachers would receive no base salary increase for the next two years. And instead of receiving full "step" increases in salary based on their years of experience and training, eligible teachers will receive half the salary bump in a single year.

Chardon Schools

new union contracts are expected to save the district an estimated $1.1 million over the coming two school years.
The new two-year contract includes a freeze on base pay, which, at the time the contract runs out, will have been the fourth consecutive year of base pay freezes for the unions.

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