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Peoria teacher's union reaches tentative contract agreement with Peoria Public Schools

Mike Rundle

The Peoria Federation of Teachers has reached a tentative agreement with Peoria Public Schools on a new three-year contract.

The deal was announced in a joint statement Thursday night by the union and district.

Details of the agreement won't be released until the deal is ratified by the union.

Bargaining began back in March. Teachers have worked under an expired contract since the start of this school year. The union had overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike.

The negotiations were often tense, with the union and school board president Martha Ross trading charged statements back and forth through the media.

Salaries were one of the main sticking points in negotiations, though the union also bargained on issues like discipline and school counseling.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.