Gov. brokers deal to end Wash. teachers strike
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Negotiators have reached a deal to end a teachers strike that forced the cancellation of more than a week of school in Tacoma.
Both sides said in a news conference late Wednesday night that they're pleased with the agreement. Teachers will have an opportunity to vote on the deal Thursday in hopes of restarting classes Friday.
The deal comes after more than seven hours of talks at the office of Gov. Chris Gregoire (GREG'-wahr). She has no direct control over Washington schools but stepped in to use her influence as a mediator.
Negotiators declined to immediately discuss the details of the agreement. The two sides have been disputing issues including pay and class size, but the major sticking point is how the district handles teacher transfers.