Detroit Teachers Union Board Rejects Tentative Contract Deal

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The union that represents teachers in the Detroit Public Schools says it wants to continue negotiations after its executive board rejected a tentative contract agreement with the city’s public school district.

Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, says in a statement that the union’s board indicated Monday that the tentative deal didn’t move the district forward or “place students first.” Details about terms of the agreement haven’t been released.

The union representing more than 3,000 teachers on Friday had reached the tentative agreement that Bailey described as the “best deal we could.”

District Spokeswoman Chrystal Wilson told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas that board president Dr. Iris Taylor, wants to understand the concerns of the union and get back to the bargaining table immediately.

Talks, which started in March, were expected to resume as early as Tuesday morning. The current contract expires June 30.

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