Prov­i­dence teach­ers to vote on pact

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — The Prov­i­dence Teach­ers Union has reached a ten­ta­tive con­tract agree­ment with the city that in­cludes pay raises and more pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment.

The pro­posal will head to the union’s 1,900 mem­bers next Thurs­day, and if ap­proved, it will go to City Coun­cil for rat­i­fi­ca­tion. Teach­ers have been work­ing with­out a con­tract since Au­gust 2017.

Teach­ers have op­er­ated un­der a work-to-rule pro­vi­sion since Au­gust, which means they only do what’s con­trac­tu­ally re­quired.

Un­der work-to-rule, teach­ers have largely been un­avail­able for after school help with the ex­cep­tion of writ­ing col­lege rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters.

The ten­ta­tive agree­ment comes days after Mayor Jorge Elorza won re-elec­tion.

Elorza said in a state­ment that the agree­ment is “a step in the right di­rec­tion for our Prov­i­dence school com­mu­nity.”

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