Columbus City Schools to prepare for possible strike

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Education Association authorized leadership to provide a 10-day notice of a strike if negotiations with the district break down this summer.

The union said about half of the membership was at the meeting last week but the vote was unanimous.

The district said the CEA represents more than 4,000 employees including teachers, counselors, and nurses.

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The CEA said there are several dates scheduled for talks.

On Tuesday, the Columbus Board of Education said they want superintendent Talisa Dixon to look for a strike contingency plan.

Board members are asking for recommendations on a professional service contract, which would cover alternative staffing and strike coordination, at the meeting on June 18.