Negotiations between Columbus schools and CEA at standstill once again

Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Education Association returned to the bargaining table Wednesday, but negotiations ended without a contract and both sides expressing disappointment in the other.

In a statement, Columbus Board of Education president Jennifer Adair said that the district’s team was “disappointed about today’s bargaining session,” saying the district was ready to consider a counter from the union to its offer at the end of July. She added that the district believes the CEA has “not responded in good faith.”

“It takes two willing parties to successfully negotiate – it is impossible to bargain when the other side is not contributing to the conversation,” Adair said.

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But in a video released after bargaining ended for the day, CEA president John Coneglio said that the union provided a “comprehensive counter-proposal on all remaining economic issues.”

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