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Tentative agreement ends Gresham teachers strike

UPDATE • All-night negotiations lead to early morning settlement of dispute

The Gresham-Barlow School District and its teachers union reached a tentative contract agreement Wednesday morning, just hours after union members began picketing.

The agreement was announced at about 9:30 a.m., more than three hours after members of the Gresham-Barlow Education Association went on strike.

Details of the tentative agreement were not provided. School district officials will wait to provide information on the decision until both sides have had a chance to adopt the pact.

'We are thrilled that we have a tentative agreement with the teachers union,' said Superintendent Jim Schlachter Wednesday morning. 'We are looking forward to resuming school tomorrow and completing a full school year for the 12,000 students we serve. We are glad that we were able to avert a work stoppage.'

There was no school Wednesday in anticipation of the strike.

The agreement was reached after both sides resumed talking following all-night negotiations.

The union's updates can be found at www.gbeaonline.org .

The district's website is www.gresham.k12.or.us .



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