Forestville Teachers End Three-Day Strike After Agreement is Reached Thursday Night

Teachers in the Forestville Union School District are back in school Friday after they reached an agreement Thursday night with the school district on a three-year contract.

The 16 teachers went on strike Monday afternoon after a bargaining session ended without an agreement.

District Superintendent Renee Semik announced the end of the strike Thursday night on the Forestville Elementary School and Academy's Facebook page.

"I am very happy to let you know that the teacher strike is over," Semik said.

"Tomorrow our teachers will be back in their classrooms and school will resume with our regular Friday schedule beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2:55 p.m.," Semik said.

Ryan Strauss, Forestville Teachers Association bargaining co-chair, said the teachers asked for a three-year contract with a 5-percent raise in the first and second years of the contract that is retroactive to 2018-2019, and a 3-percent cost of living wage in the third year. The District offered 2.5-percent raise in the third year, Strauss said.

"The difference (in the third year) is less than $6,000 a year and one-tenth of one percent of the school's budget," Strauss said.

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