- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Mayor Angel Tavares and School Superintendent Susan Lisi say the city and the teachers’ union have agreed on a new three-year labor contract after months of talks.

The deal still needs approval by Providence Teachers Union members and the city council.

It eliminates a no-layoffs provision, and creates a pathway to work out pay raises based on performance. It maintains hiring of teachers by qualifications and gives schools more staffing autonomy.

The contract provides 1.5 percent raise in the second year. In the third, raises would either be 2.5 percent, or based on a performance point system to be worked out by both sides.

Health care co-share contributions would increase to 18.5 percent in the second year and 20 percent in the third.

The last contract expired Aug. 31.

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