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Pueblo teachers voting on proposed deal to end strike

Author: Associated Press - May 13, 2018 - Updated: May 13, 2018

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Teachers from Pueblo Academy of Arts in Pueblo march to the Pueblo City Schools offices on May 7, 2018. Teachers in Pueblo were on strike, shutting down schools in a dispute over how much they should be paid for the school year. (Anthony A. Mestas/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP)

PUEBLO — Pueblo teachers were voting Sunday on a proposed deal to end a strike that has closed most city schools for five days.

Teachers were voting by email on the offer negotiated Saturday. It includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to January, a 2.5 percent increase next school year and a $50 monthly health insurance contribution. The teachers’ union had been seeking a 2 percent raise for the entire current school year.

Paraprofessionals have also been on strike. They’ve already voted to accept a deal giving them a 3.5 percent raise starting in September.

The district has promised to pay both groups for three days of the strike and allow the remaining two days to be counted as leave time. They can also work an extra two days.

Associated Press

Associated Press