Columbus School Employees Reject Contract.
The union that represents more than 3,000 Columbus school bus drivers, cooks and other non-teaching employees has voted down a two-year contract and authorized a strike.
Union president Betty Simmons-Talley says the Columbus School Employees Association voted 937-654 on Monday against a proposal that would have increased health-care costs. She says the vote also authorizes a walkout.
The contract offered pay raises of 1.65 percent in the first year and 1.75 percent in the second year.
The union must file a notice with the State Employment Relations Board at least 10 days before going on strike. A school district spokesman declined comment.