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After 20 Months, Manchester Teachers' Union Reaches Tentative Contract Deal

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Manchester has passed a major hurdle in getting a new contract for its teachers. On Thursday, the school district announced that after 621 days without a contract, the city and the Manchester Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on a contract for teachers.

The Manchester Education Association is the largest of the district's six unions, with approximately 1,200 members.

“This tentative agreement will allow the district to continue to move forward by attracting and retaining quality educators," the union's president, Sue Ellen, said in a press release.

“This is a fair and equitable agreement that benefits all of Manchester,” Superintendent Dr. John Goldhardt said. “The process has been positive and collaborative, and we look forward to building on these strong relations.”  

The tentative agreement now goes to the Board of School Committee for ratification, and to the union's executive board to decide whether to send the agreement to the full membership for ratification.