The Pittsburgh school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative three-year contract, averting a strike that was due to start last week.
Details about the contract won’t be released until both sides ratify the accord, a process that could take a few weeks to complete.
The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers had announced that it would go on strike March 2. It represents about 3,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, and technical-clerical employees at 54 schools with about 25,000 students. Five-year contracts for union members expired in June 2015. Teachers had sought reduced class sizes and increased support for early-childhood teachers among other requests.
Teachers in the district last went on strike 40 years ago.
A version of this article appeared in the March 07, 2018 edition of Education Week as Walkout of Teachers Averted in Pittsburgh District