- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Cranston teachers have reached a tentative agreement with the school district on a labor contract that boosts pay by 2 percent in the next two years but provides no salary increase for the current school year.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1u9BlVB ) reports that the agreement follows 18 months of negotiations and mediation.

Teachers agreed to deductibles on certain health benefits.

The Cranston Teachers’ Alliance union and School Committee said both sides were “hamstrung” by what they said is a lack of funding.

The agreement resolves a lawsuit by the union against the School Committee over the role of seniority in teacher assignments.

Agreements on three-year contracts also were reached for teacher assistants and bus aides and technical teacher assistants who work with students with behavioral problems.

The City Council must ratify the agreements.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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