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Pasco Teachers To Vote On Tentative Agreement To End Strike

Lauren Rosenthal
Northwest News Network
Pasco music teacher Andreanna Flores knocks on doors the day before her union reached a tentative contract agreement with the Pasco School District.

After two weeks on the picket line and several trips to court, teachers in Pasco, Washington, have reached a tentative agreement to end their strike.

At 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, the Pasco Association of Educators and the Pasco School District made a deal.

Music teacher Andreanna Flores couldn’t wait for word to spread through Facebook. She walked door-to-door on Sunday, asking neighbors if they heard about the good news.

The details are confidential until the union takes a vote Monday morning. If they approve, thousands of kids will head back to class on Tuesday. And Pasco teachers should hold on to their health benefits for the month.

"If the contract is ratified, there will be no further legal action,” district spokesperson Leslee Caul said.

A Superior Court judge ruled in the district’s favor when they sued to end the strike. If it stops now, union leaders will likely avoid penalties -- but the Pasco Association of Educators still owes at least $8,000 in fines.