Teachers strike averted at Portland Public Schools


Two days before a strike was set to begin, the Portland Association of Teachers announced Feb. 18 (as this edition was going to press)  that a “conceptual agreement” was reached with Portland Public Schools on a new union contract.

The deal was reached after more than 23 straight hours of bargaining with a state mediator — and 10 months after bargaining began. The two sides reconvened later in the day to iron out details and put it in writing as a tentative agreement that will go to the union’s 2,900 members for ratification.

Details of the agreement won’t be released before teachers vote on the contract.


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