D.C. Teachers Get New Union Contract, Raise

Washington, D.C. teachers are headed back to school this year with a long-sought new union contract offer -- including the union's first base pay raises since 2012.

That was the last year that the Washington Teachers Union members had a contract. Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson and WTU President Elizabeth Davis announced a tentative agreement.

The new deal would give teachers a 4 percent retroactive raise in fiscal 2017, a 3 percent raise in 2018 and a 2 percent raise in 2019.

The two sides also agreed on additional benefits and to keep talking about issues that concern each side, including extended-year schools, according to a press release from Bowser's office.

The tentative agreement must be approved by union members. They were emailed the deal Monday morning at 8 a.m.; they will have two weeks to review it. Teachers also will be able to visit locations set up by the union to answer any questions about the agreement.

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