February 12, 2018 02:41 PM
Overnight, St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) announced a tentative contract agreement after months at the bargaining table.
The announcement was made just before 2 a.m. Monday, nearly 24 hours before St. Paul's teachers and staff were prepared to strike for the first time since 1946.
Members of the SPFT said its bargaining team spent dozens of hours this weekend in negotiations, all while many members rallied outside in the cold.
With the tentative agreement, the district can scrap its plans in response to a possible strike, meaning extracurricular activities will continue and makeup days won't have to be added to the end of the school year.
Several parents, like Todd Wambeke, dropped their kids off at school Monday morning relieved the strike was avoided.
"In the long run, I think it's good for everybody that they were able to negotiate a contract that they'll be able to live with for a few years," Wambeke said.
KSTP is working to learn more about the details of the agreement. The union reports it "won supports for our students, especially our English Learners and our students who receive Special Education services. We defended our class size language and strengthened the commitment to Restorative Practices."
Those issues have been at the heart of negotiations, along with raises.
The tentative contract is far from a done deal. Once the union's executive board recommends it, the contract will be voted on by the union's 3,700 teachers and staff. Only then will it be ratified and ready for a vote by the board of education.
Updated: February 12, 2018 02:41 PM
Created: February 12, 2018 05:37 AM
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