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

VIDEO: Seattle teachers fight for better pay

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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