Tacoma teachers ending 8-day strike, district says
Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, hold picket signs outside a school last week.
September 22nd, 2011
04:39 PM ET

Tacoma teachers ending 8-day strike, district says

Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, have voted to end their eight-day strike, meaning classes will resume Friday for 28,000 students, Tacoma school district spokesman Dan Voelpel said.

A lawsuit that the school district had filed against the teachers' union will be dropped, Voelpel said.

A tentative agreement was reached Wednesday. Contract talks between the school district and union hadfractured over teacher pay, class size and how educators are transferred between schools.

In the deal that teachers accepted Thursday, according to Voelpel, class sizes will remain the same (the union had pushed for smaller class sizes); teachers will not face a pay cut (the district to cut pay by 1.35%); and a joint committee appointed by the district and union will determine how teachers are transferred.

Across Washington, state services cuts are in the works after the governor's office last week said the state is expected to collect $1.4 billion less in revenue between now and June 2013 than previously forecast.

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  1. Mr. President

    Being a teacher is as close to being on welfare as one can get. Get a real job where you have to work 12 months a year.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      The belly has no conscience.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Filing a certified to be true out of state arrest order with the court clerk, because of a another courts illegal injunction to obstruct justice with the police says enough about your administration being illegally run by the FBI too.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. humberto

    Knowing others is intelligence ... so everyone is stupid because their deceitfulll ?

    September 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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