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Strike ends as Willapa Valley teachers, district ratify deal

UPDATE (Dec. 18, 2019) — The Washington Education Association reports: Both Willapa Valley Education Association and the school district ratified a three-year contract Monday night, ending the 14-day strike. The strike cancelled classes for 10 days. The new contract will increase pay by 13.5 percent over three years, on top of the 23-percent McCleary increase last year, plus multiple language improvements and changes to other contract provisions.

RAYMOND (Dec. 15, 2019) — The Willapa Valley Teachers Association announced late Friday that it has reached a tentative agreement with school administrators to end a strike that began Dec. 3. If both sides vote to ratify the deal on Monday, classes will resume Tuesday.

The details will not be released until after members have a chance to discuss the tentative agreement and vote on its ratification on Monday.

On the picket lines to show their solidarity and support for 25 Willapa Valley teachers were educators from more than 15 education associations across southwest Washington, longshore workers from the ILWU, Machinists, United Food and Commercial Workers, Public School Employees, the Washington State Labor Council, and the Washington Education Association.

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