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 .