- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Teachers Union leaders say they hope to bring a revised contract before members later this month.

The union and Mayor Jorge Elorza approved a new contract in May, but teachers returned to class last week without a contract. City Council raised concerns that a clause guaranteed teachers would receive the same raises as firefighters, who now work longer hours.

Under a deal announced Tuesday, teachers will receive a one percent raise for the current school year, a 1.75 percent raise for the next school year and a 1.5 percent raise on the last day of the 2016-2017 school year. The amended contract also states layoffs must be made based on seniority regardless of the reason for them.

City Council must approve the language if members ratify it.

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