Negotiations resume less than a week before potential Columbus teachers' strike
Negotiations restarted Tuesday between the Columbus school board and its teachers' union.
Less than a week remains to reach a contract agreement before teachers say they'll go on strike. Another meeting is set for Thursday.
"This is not a salary driven dispute. This is an accountability driven dispute. We want the district to be accountable for the promises they made," said Columbus Education Association spokeswoman Regina Fuentes.
The Columbus school board has claimed the Columbus Education Association has spread misinformation about the negotiations.
In an unfair labor practice charge filed with the state, the board said CEA failed to bargain in good faith regarding compensation, stating that the union made an initial proposal on March 28 for pay raises of eight percent over the next three years.
Fuentes disputes that claim, saying economic issues such as pay still haven't been discussed.
"This feels like a tactic to try and negotiate through the media and discredit what we're trying to do," she said.
The school board did not comment for this story.
The union, which represents more than 4,000 teachers and other school staff, is set Sunday to either ratify a new contract or vote to go on strike starting Monday.