[Marxism] Striking Teachers Reach Tentative Pact

Michael Hoover mhhoover at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 11:46:52 MDT 2006


September 13, 2006
Striking Teachers Reach Tentative Pact
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT, Sept. 12 (AP) — The city's striking teachers and the school
district reached a tentative contract agreement overnight, clearing
the way for a possible return to work after 16 days on the picket
line.

The deal was reached in bargaining between the Detroit Public Schools
and the 9,500-member Detroit Federation of Teachers after Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick brought the two sides together in his office, Ken Coleman,
a school spokesman, said Tuesday.

"This is a tentative deal," Mr. Coleman said, "but we are optimistic"
that the strike will end.

The union's executive committee approved the tentative agreement in a
meeting later Tuesday and recommended that teachers return to work
pending a ratification vote over the next few weeks. A union
spokeswoman, Michelle Price, said teachers could meet Wednesday
morning to vote on returning to work that day. A mail ratification
vote would follow.

Classes could start as early as Thursday.

The agreement includes a pay freeze for this school year, a 1 percent
increase for 2007-8 and a 2.5 percent increase for 2008-9, said Vince
Consiglio, a member of the union executive board. It also calls for
all teachers to pay 10 percent of their health insurance costs, he
said.




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