Monday October 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- City school teachers and the Pittsfield School Committee have reached a tentative three-year contract.

In a joint statement released Monday afternoon, the United Educators of Pittsfield and the school committee indicated that final approval of the proposed deal could come next week.

Details of the agreement were not released other than the length of the contract. If approved by the 590-member UEP and the seven-member school board, an agreement would end a series of four, one-year deals dating back to the 2008-09 school year.

Since March, union and committee negotiators have held nearly 20 bargaining sessions with the intent of hammering out a proposed three-year contract.

The string of shorter contracts was primarily due to the city's volatile budgets.

City teachers continue to work under the one-year contract that ended Aug. 24. The one-year agreement was devoid of across-the-board salary increases, but did include 3 percent pay hikes for those at the top of the pay scale.

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