这是哥伦布市学生和教育者的一次重大胜利, Arbitrator Sandra Mendel Furman ruled in favor of CEA in decisions on two separate grievances heard in expedited arbitration sessions last week. Furman also ordered remedies for the affected bargaining unit members.
在第一个案件中，特区被裁定违反了 主协议 by assigning more than 150 total students to an art teacher at South High School during the 2019-2020 school year. Arbitrator Furman ruled that the contract language is clear and unambiguous, and that “the phrase found in the [Memorandum of Agreement]: the maximum student load per day will not exceed 150 students is clear on its face”. She further ordered the district to cease and desist from assigning additional students to any high school teachers in the future, 计算机除外, 本协议规定之体育及音乐.
在第二个案件中，特区被裁定违反了 主协议 by unilaterally implementing a revised elementary grading policy during the 2020-2021 school year, 在协商的入职窗口关闭后的几个月. In light of the significant extra work elementary teachers were asked to perform on top of their regular duties, Arbitrator Furman not only ordered the district to “cease and desist from making midterm changes in the grading protocol/schedules absent the consent of CEA”, but also ordered CCS to allocate all elementary teachers who spend time revising grades pursuant to the implemented guidance approximately 7.5 hours of additional nonscheduled teaching (unassigned) time during the upcoming school year.
In addition to the remedies ordered to make CEA议价单位成员 whole, the District will be responsible for all costs associated with the arbitration hearing, 将近3000美元一天.
Though CEA made every attempt to resolve these grievances informally, 我们很满意仲裁员同意CEA-CCS 主协议 是违反了. We are also pleased that due to our Union’s continued enforcement of our hard-won 主协议, high school students will see the smaller class sizes they deserve and elementary students will have the benefit of teachers less burdened with administrative work and able to focus on the classroom. CEA will continue to enforce our various agreements with Columbus City Schools, and awaits a third grievance arbitration decision likely to be published in the fall.