TPS board approves three-year contract with teachers union

TPS board approves three-year contract with teachers union

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The TPS board unanimously approved a three-year contract deal with the teachers union Wednesday during a special meeting.

The three-year deal was approved last week by The Toledo Federation of Teachers. A spokesperson for the union said she felt that the agreement offers a competitive salary and that the language of the contract supports teachers.

The gives teachers a three percent raise the first year of the contract and a two percent raise in the second year. In the third year of the contract, the raise will be determined between the teachers union and the board.

"By no means are where we need to be for our employees," said Chris Varwig of the Toledo School Board. "But we're working in that direction so that we can increase their wages."

Superintendent Romules Durant says the new contact will also attract a larger job pool.

"Back in the 70's and 80's there was a waiting list to come in and teach in TPS, People were lining up to get in our doors." Durant said. "As we lost some competitiveness over the years. We are getting back into that limelight of being competitive and getting those rock stars."

This is the first time in several years the district and union have agreed on a multi-year contract. The contract will go into effect in July.

Contracts with administrative personnel and AFSCME are expected to be negotiated and approved by the end of June.

According to the contract, the district is also planning on eliminating two-hour delays in the upcoming school year.

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