Pueblo teachers agree to new deal with district after five-day strike, will be back at work Monday

Posted at 5:42 PM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 21:04:36-04

PUEBLO, Colo. – Pueblo teachers will be returning to work Monday following a five-day strike after the teachers on Sunday approved a deal reached between their union and the school district.

“We are pleased to announce that our members have approved the offer agreed to by D60 and PEA leadership,” the Pueblo Education Association wrote in a tweet. “Our members are excited and relieved to be able to return to their classrooms and resume serving their students.”

Teachers voted by email throughout the day Sunday on whether or not to approve the deal.

A tentative deal between Pueblo School District 60 and the union was reached Saturday after another day of negotiations.

The deal includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase that will be retroactive to January, a 2.5-percent increase for next school year, and a $50 monthly health insurance contribution.

The union had sought a 2 percent raise for the entire current school year.

Pueblo Chieftain reporter Jon Pompia wrote on Twitter that teachers voted 472-60 to ratify the agreement.

Paraprofessionals who had also been on strike also accepted a deal giving them a 3.5 percent raise that will kick in starting in September.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.