After months of negotiations, Anchorage School District and teachers union reach a tentative contract deal

November 15, 2018
Author: Tegan Hanlon

The Anchorage School District and the union that represents roughly 3,300 of its educators reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract late Wednesday after months of negotiations.

The School Board and the educators themselves still must vote to ratify the tentative agreement before it takes effect.

The school district and the union, the Anchorage Education Association, announced the tentative contract agreement in a joint statement around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. If approved, the contract would extend through June 30, 2021, it said.

The statement didn’t include details of the terms of the tentative contract. Additional details will be released at a joint press conference at 9 a.m. Friday in the Anchorage School District Education Center.

The union represents roughly 3,300 educators, including classroom teachers, counselors and school nurses. They’re currently working under the terms of a contract that expired June 30.

The school district and the union have been negotiating a contract since April.

As negotiations continued, educators packed Anchorage School Board meetings, telling board members about concerns, including frustrations with working conditions. They staged a walkout at last week’s meeting. They also held a “walk-in” during students’ first day of school and have gathered outside of schools and the district administration building with signs such as: “We Demand: The schools all our children deserve!”

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