After all that, there will be no strike.
Following lengthy negotiations yesterday, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the school board have reached a tentative agreement regarding the state of the teachers’ contract. Though the deal is not final, it seems that it is only a matter of time before both parties sign off, pending approval by the union members via a vote, which could take a few weeks.
Little information concerning the details of the contract has been released, but the strike that was scheduled for Friday has been officially called off, meaning that the potential crisis of having Pittsburgh Public’s some 28,000 students out of school will be averted.
The temporary arrangement will reportedly last for three years, at which point the situation will be re-evaluated. Both Superintendent Anthony Hamlet and Nina Esposito-Visgitis, the president of the PFT, expressed their relief at having finally reached a resolution.
Stay tuned to the Eagle as we sort out the specifics of the new contract.