- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania school district has avoided its first-ever teachers’ strike with a last-minute tentative contract agreement.

The 130 teachers in the Ellwood City Education Association had planned to strike Tuesday if a new contract wasn’t struck.

But the school district about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh tweeted late Monday that a deal was reached.

The last contract expired June 30.

The district has never had a labor-related school cancellation.

Although teachers picketed over a contract dispute more than 30 years ago, no classes were canceled. Teachers threatened to strike in 2006, too, but it was averted by a last-minute deal.

Details of the contract were not immediately released.

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