- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

OLD FORGE, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in one northeastern Pennsylvania school district finally have a contract, after two strikes and six years of negotiations.

Old Forge School District teachers and the school board approved the deal on Wednesday. The labor dispute had been the longest in Pennsylvania.

Teachers in the district about five miles southwest of Scranton will get a more than 2 percent raise for the next two years and a three percent raise the final year. They’ll also get back pay.

The contract is retroactive to 2010 and lasts through 2019.

The superintendent says restructuring what teachers pay for health care was a key point in reaching agreement. He calls the deal “a tremendous relief.”

The president of the teachers’ association says they “gave major contract concessions” for the benefit of the students.

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