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Scranton, Pennsylvania Teachers End Strike, Ratify Newly-Negotiated Contract

Published Friday, November 26, 2021
by Labor News Services & Staff
Scranton, Pennsylvania Teachers End Strike, Ratify Newly-Negotiated Contract

(SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA) - The Scranton School District and Scranton Federation of Teachers’ 12-day Strike is officially over as Teachers not only came to a new contract agreement, but have voted to accept the deal.

Students will return to class on Monday (November 29th) for the first time since November 2nd after the Union and District Negotiators agreed on the terms of a new deal.

The 800 Members of the Scranton Federation of Teachers had been working without a contract for more than four years.

Teachers had been on Strike since November 3rd.

Union President Rosemary Boland said she was “thrilled” to have reached an agreement: “We said throughout the Strike that we can’t cut our way to recovery and leave Educators and students worse off.  We now have to reverse course and invest more in our schools so we can give our kids the opportunity to have a quality foundation for the rest of their lives.”

According to a press release, the District and the Federation reached a potential settlement on a six-year contract on Monday (November 22nd). 

The Federation ratified the agreement Monday and the Board of Education will consider ratifying it at the November 30th meeting.

The contract will cover the school years of 2017-2018 through 2022-2023.

Teachers will receive a 1% increase to the salary schedule in ’22-’23 school year - in addition to a 1% bonus for Top-Step Teachers for the current and previous school year.

A 1% increase will come to the coaching schedule in 2021-2022 and a 50-cent raise for Teachers on hourly rates.

Para-Professionals will get a salary freeze for the school years from 2017-2018 to 2019-2020, with a 1% bonus for top-step Para-Professionals in the 2021-2022 school year.

In addition, there will be a 3% increase to the salary schedule for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, along with a 50-cent increase to hourly rates.

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