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Portland teachers ratify contract

The Portland Association of Teachers ratified a new contract late Thursday night, one more step toward officially averting the first-ever teachers strike in Oregon’s largest district.

After 10 months of negotiations, a deal was struck days before the strike deadline. After the contract was ratified, the PAT sent out a notice to its members.

KOIN 6 News obtained a copy of that letter, which laid out some of the details in the contract.

The district will hire 150 full-time employees — 50 staff members at high schools, 70 at elementary and middle schools, and 30 special education propram employees. The contract calls for a 2.3% salary increase, and union members will work 190 contract days.

The next step is an approval from the Portland school board which is expected next Monday.