Spokane Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract

Aug 30, 2018

Spokane Education Association President Katy Henry (red dress) hugs a union member after teachers approve a new contract Thursday evening.
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Teachers in the Spokane School District overwhelmingly ratified a new contract Thursday night.

Spokane Education Association President Katy Henry says the new pact calls for an average raise of 14.3% for teachers. She says classified employees — those who aren’t teachers — will receive anywhere from 10-to-21% increases.

Nearly 1,600 votes were cast; 98% approved of the new agreement.

“I am so happy," Henry said. "It’s a lot of work. So many people were out there doing what we needed and staying connected and to see them be able to have a result that we wanted, it is just great.”

Henry says the negotiations picked up after other districts in the area came to agreements. The 14% increase is a little less than what Mead teachers agreed to earlier this week.

The contract must now be ratified by the school board.