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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Teachers' union and city reach tentative pact in Newton

NEWTON

The Newton Teachers Association and the city's School Committee have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, both sides said today.

Neither Gail Glick, the chief negotiator for the school committee, or union president Cheryl Turgel would divulge the details of the pact yesterday. The School Committee released a statement yesterday calling the agreement something "both sides could accept."

Officials familiar with the agreement, however, said that it provides teachers with an 8-percent pay raise spread across three years and that it preserves the current 80-20 split of health care benefit cost between the city and the teachers.

The teachers union rank and file, who have been working without a contract since September, must now ratify the deal for it to become official. The School Committee must also vote to accept the deal.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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