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Teachers in Pueblo (Colo.) district back in classrooms after ending strike

May 14, 2018
Teachers agree to accept 2% pay hike retroactive to January.

Students in the Pueblo (Colo.) district are back in school after teachers voted overwhelmingly to accept a new contract that includes a pay increase.

CBS Denver reports that teachers voted 495 to 62 Sunday to accept the deal. The strike began last Monday and kept students out of class for a week.

The contract includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for teachers retroactive to January and a 2.5 percent increase next school year.

Paraprofessionals, who also went on strike, voted Saturday to accept a deal giving them a 3.5 percent raise starting in September.

The district will pay both groups for three days of the strike and give educators the option of working extra days or using days off to cover the remaining two.

The strike was the first action of its kind by teachers in Colorado in nearly 25 years.

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