Columbus Teachers Protest Downtown

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--About one-thousand Columbus City School teachers, and other supporters, marched through downtown Columbus Wednesday to protest wages, working conditions, and tax breaks for wealthy corporations.

The rally began at COSI, and ended at City Hall, with a stop at the headquarters of CoverMyMeds, which received a 15-year, 100-percent tax abatement for construction of a new headquarters in Franklinton.

Teachers argue that the city and school district are losing out on $83-million in revenue, while city officials say without the tax breaks, the company could decide to move their headquarters to another city.

Teachers also called for higher pay and smaller class sizes in their schools.

Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are underway for the Columbus Education Association with the district.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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