Minneapolis teachers have reached a tentative agreement to end a two-week strike over pay and other issues that left about 29,000 students and about 4,500 educators and staff idle.
MINIAPOLIS – Teachers in Minneapolis reached a tentative agreement early Friday to end a two-week strike over laziness over salaries and other issues for about 29,000 students and about 4,500 educators and staff in one of Minnesota’s largest school districts.
The union had planned to announce details for teachers and support staff later in the day, but the union said it had achieved what it wanted when its members left the job on March 8 after failing to reach an agreement with district leaders. The endorsement vote was expected over the weekend, and the district said it was “looking forward to welcoming students and staff to the school on Monday.”
The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Education Support Professionals said in a statement that “these historic agreements include significant victories for our students and the safe and stable schools they deserve,” adding that Size caps and mental health support. “
The walkout sends families who have endured the most turbulent days of the coronavirus epidemic, renewed concern about lost academic progress and the shock of arranging childcare.
Minneapolis Public School administrators and school board members throughout the discussion stressed that they do not have enough money to meet the needs of teachers, especially for large permanent salary increases.
“We have come out united to change the direction of MPS and to make sure academics have more to say about how we do our work,” the union said. “This has also been achieved and will have an impact that will improve our district for the coming year.”
Neighboring St. Paul teachers reached a tentative agreement the night before the Minneapolis teachers left, receiving an agreement that had some resemblance to what their Minneapolis colleagues wanted. Union leaders cited evidence that Minneapolis administrators also had room to compromise.
Ben Pollock, a special education assistant, said he was relieved at the settlement but wanted to see the terms before making further comments. Pollock said before the strike that having fewer staff meant that colleagues like her would have to meet many more needy children together, making it more difficult for both teachers and students.
Associated Press writer Doug Glass contributed to this report.