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Pueblo teachers approve new contract, ending weeklong strike

By: Jon Pompia The Pueblo Chieftain
May 13, 2018 Updated: May 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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Striking teachers chant and cheer in front of the administration building in hopes that those inside could hear them during contract negotiations on May 12, 2018 in Pueblo, Colo. (Chris McLean, The Pueblo Chieftain)

The historic weeklong teachers strike against Pueblo City Schools (D60) is history.

By a 472-60 vote, members of the Pueblo Education Association voted to accept the tentative agreement forged Saturday during a full day of bargaining between union leadership and the district.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. today, Suzanne Ethredge, PEA president, announced the results of secure, electronic-based voting that began after the agreement was signed.

And with ratification of the two-year contract, teachers will join paraprofessionals in classrooms Monday.

Members of the Pueblo ParaProfessional Education Association, who went on strike with the teachers, voted Saturday afternoon 57-2 to accept a tentative agreement offered to them by the district following the bargaining session.

Per PEA's agreement with the district, teachers will this year receive a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to January 2018, and amnesty - with wages for three of the five strike days covered by the district.

For the upcoming 2018-19 school year and effective Sept. 1, teachers will receive a step on the salary scale, a 2.5 percent COLA and an additional $50 contribution by the district toward the monthly health insurance premium.

Also agreed to was a memorandum of understanding regarding compensation and hours worked in relation to the transition to the four-day week.

The walkout against the district was the first teachers strike in Colorado in nearly a quarter of a century. Garnering the attention of both the state and nation, the action is believed to be the first public sector workers strike in Pueblo since the early 1970s at what was then the Colorado State Hospital.

In addition to making their presence known at school sites and well-traveled thoroughfares, picketers and supporters - including D60 students, parents and union members from throughout the state - gathered outside the administration building for daily rallies that became louder and larger as the week went on.

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