An overwhelming majority of the Fresno Teachers Association’s members have voted to ratify a tentative agreement with Fresno Unified.
Out of 2,166 association members who voted Tuesday evening, 2,001 voted “yes” and 157 voted “no,” according to a Fresno Teachers Association news release.
The tentative agreement, reached after more than a year of negotiations, includes a total 8.5 percent salary increase for teachers over three years; changes to healthcare and district-wide reductions to classroom sizes.
The school board is expected to vote to ratify the agreement during their meeting Wednesday.
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Back in October, thousands of teachers had voted to authorize the union to call a strike if an agreement with Fresno Unified couldn’t be reached. Fears of a strike were averted, however, after bargaining sessions last month resulted in a deal.