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Portland Teachers Ratify New Contract

OPB | Feb. 27, 2014 2:55 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 28, 2014 12:48 p.m.

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Portland Association of Teachers president Gwen Sullivan and Woodlawn elections committee member David Child look over envelopes of ballots before beginning counting Thursday night.

Portland Association of Teachers president Gwen Sullivan and Woodlawn elections committee member David Child look over envelopes of ballots before beginning counting Thursday night.

Michael Clapp / OPB

The Portland Association of Teachers  voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with Portland Public Schools, union officials announced late Thursday night.

The vote clears the way for the Portland school board to approve the contract at its meeting on Monday. In a statement after the vote, PAT president Gwen Sullivan encouraged teachers to attend the board meeting.

Bargaining teams reached the tentative agreement last week, just days before Portland teachers were scheduled to strike. It would’ve been the first teachers’ strike ever in Oregon’s largest district.

The deal offers raises and would require the district to hire at least 150 more teachers. But the contract allows early retirement incentives to be phased out for newer teachers.

Another change the district wanted that made it into the contract is an accelerated timeline for teacher hiring.

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