• Seattle teachers rallying again in support of contract negotiations as school year draws near

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    SEATTLE - Seattle teachers rallied again Wednesday in support of their ongoing contract negotiations and better pay. 

    Local teachers set Wednesday as the original deadline to reach a tentative contract with Seattle Public Schools. This has not happened yet, and negotiations are still in progress. 

    Groups also rallied last week on overpasses over I-5, waving signs and garnering support from passing motorists. 

    Teachers gathered from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. outside district headquarters. Negotiations are scheduled to resume at Noon on Thursday. 

    The union told KIRO 7 the issues they've been focused on are teacher pay, racial equity, career growth and student care.   

    Last year the 5,500 union members and the district narrowly averted a walkout by teachers after an almost 11 percent pay increase for teachers was approved.

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