Gahanna-Jefferson teachers 'overwhelmingly' vote to strike

Jim Woods Alissa Widman Neese
The Columbus Dispatch
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools teachers demonstrate for equity, safety and success Sept 21 at the Lincoln Elementary School construction site. The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association voted overwhelmingly Oct. 13 to begin a strike.

The union representing educators in the Gahanna-Jefferson school district voted "overwhelmingly" to go on strike Oct. 13 after hours of unsuccessful negotiations for a new contract.

Members plan pickets at all buildings in the district, which encompasses the city of Gahanna and parts of Jefferson Township, the union announced early Oct. 13.

The 572-member Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association had authorized a strike with the State Employment Relations Board at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday if an agreement could not be reached on a new contract to replace one that expired June 30. Negotiations with a federal mediator began at 1 p.m. Oct. 12.

"It was a very heavy day today," union spokeswoman Betsy Baker said in a Zoom call with members of the media at 12:30 a.m. "There were a lot of tears shed today at school."

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