District, teachers union reach tentative agreement
CMSD NEWS BUREAU
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has, for the second time this school year, reached tentative agreement with the Cleveland Teachers Union on a collective bargaining agreement that will be sent to the members of the union and the school board for ratification.
An earlier agreement reached on Aug. 30, 2016, was rejected by union members in September, requiring a return to the table and the continuation of bargaining.
CMSD and CTU have maintained throughout the negotiations that they are both committed to settling on a contract that is fair to educators and good for kids. CEO Eric Gordon remained optimistic throughout negotiations that began in November 2015 that their thoughtful efforts would lead to a fair agreement without eroding reforms vital to continuing the District’s progress under the reforms in The Cleveland Plan.
“We are pleased to return to the Board with a contract that both sides of the bargaining table see as fair,” said Gordon. “I know all of us are anxious to move beyond the bargaining table and at last ratify a contract that has, at its heart, what’s best for kids and the dedicated educators that serve them.”
The Cleveland Teachers Union issued notice of its intent to go on strike last September, before the first tentative agreement averted a strike.
If CTU members and the school board both ratify this contract, the new deal will go into effect immediately. Details are being shared with CTU members and the school board before the agreement is released to the public.