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

The deadline on an agreement was technically 5pm but the union tells me there are afew hours of leeway - and both sides are inside right now - trying to get on the same page.

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.

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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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