Labor Contract Negotiations Successfully Concluded Between SPPS and SPFT
Negotiators for the Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement on their 2015-2017 labor contract after an extensive mediation session that lasted 24 hours.
The contract highlights several areas of mutual interest and key priorities including:
Improving school climate
Providing additional supports for students and teachers
Strengthening family engagement
The District and Federation share a belief that positive and nurturing school communities are essential for all students and staff to thrive.
"This tentative agreement represents months of hard work and I'm pleased that we were able to reach this agreement," said SPPS Superintendent Valeria Silva. "It shows a clear commitment to our students and families while deepening our partnership between the District and our teachers."
Saint Paul Federation of Teachers President Denise Rodriguez said, "This tentative agreement represents the hard work of teachers, staff, parents, students and community partners who have stood strong since last May, fighting to create a better school climate that prioritizes racial equity."
"I am looking forward to presenting the agreement to our union's leadership on Monday, an agreement which moves all of us together in the direction of schools in which all Saint Paul students can thrive," Rodriguez added.
SPPS Board Chair Jon Schumacher said, "I want to thank both District and Federation leaders for working together through this long and thoughtful process. It is a testament to the commitment we all have to the students we serve."
Both parties appreciate the assistance of the state Bureau of Mediation Services.
Details of the agreements will be announced to the public once SPFT members and SPPS board members have been briefed on today's decisions.