Dallas teachers approve tentative contract; school board set to vote Sunday

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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DALLAS — A tentative agreement has been reached in the lengthy Dallas teachers contract dispute, which has featured three strikes and court-ordered negotiations since the last deal expired in August 2015.

According to a joint statement, the Dallas School Board and the Dallas Education Association (DEA) both agreed to a proposed contract from a mediator, saying they would recommend it for formal approval.

According to DEA president Michael Cherinka, the union ratified the proposal Thursday night in what he called an “all but unanimous” vote. Cherinka declined to give any details regarding what the contract entails, saying he could not speak about it until it goes before the board, thanks to a previously imposed gag order.

School district solicitor Vito DeLuca said the school board would meet at 7 p.m. Sunday to vote on the proposal.

If it’s approved, it would finally end the long-running labor strife that’s marred multiple school years.

The last teachers’ strike lasted for one day in June.

The conflict came to a head this summer when it moved into the realm of Luzerne County Court.

Judge William H. Amesbury issued an order for court-directed negotiations, which the district eventually refused to attend and filed an appeal against the order.

In August, both sides agreed to binding arbitration, dropping court actions against each other.

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By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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