The Saint Paul Minnesota Federation of Teachers has called off its planned strike after reaching agreement on a new two-year contract early this morning. The school district and teachers union announced the deal at 2am today after seven consecutive days of mediation. The union had been planning to strike tomorrow. Negotiators spent around 30 hours in mediation over the weekend to avoid the district’s first strike since 1946.
The union said they’ve reached tentative agreements for all three bargaining units, which had been negotiating as a group since authorizing a strike January 31st. The deals affect some 3,100 teachers, 400 educational assistants and 170 school and community service professionals.
Neither side offered details about the agreements. The school district has said it could afford only a one-per-cent raise, whereas the union sought a 2.5% increase.
The union’s executive board plans to review the agreements tonight. If they approve, members then will vote, followed by the district’s board of education.