- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - School teachers in Pennsylvania’s capital who worked without a contract for more than 1,400 days have unanimously approved a new contract that gives union members a pay bump for the first time in five years.

School Board members on Tuesday passed a tentative agreement reached last week between the Harrisburg Education Association and the school district.

Union members also agreed to health-care premium increases.

Pennsylvania State Education Association UniServ Representative Carolyn Funkhouser says more than 90 percent of the union voted to ratify the contract. The contract runs through June 2018.

Union president Jody Barksdale says the contract is a win-win for both sides.

Board Vice President Jim Thompson says the contract is a “great victory” for teachers and students.

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