Pinellas School Board approves pay raises in new contract

February 14, 2019 | Tampa Bay Times

The Pinellas County School Board unanimously approved an agreement with the teachers union Tuesday, finalizing raises and better working conditions for the 7,200 employees who staff its classrooms.

Bargaining teams reached the agreement in January after months of contentious negotiations. It was ratified last week in a vote of teachers, with 95 percent in support.

The agreement will result in what union president Mike Gandolfo has called “significant strides,” with teachers getting more time to plan their lessons and more pay — an overall raise of 2.55 percent.

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