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June 19, 2017

Philadelphia teachers ratify contract with retroactive pay, salary increases

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia public school teachers have voted to approve a tentative contract agreement.

Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers voted Monday night on the pact that was reached Friday after more than four years of negotiations.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement thanking members of the city's largest union for approving the contract and for remaining dedicated to educating students during the "long and difficult process."

According to, 95 percent of the membership voted to approve the pact. It also reported:

The new contract runs through 2020 and is expected cost the School District of Philadelphia $395 million. It includes some retroactive pay and salary increases for union members, whose wages haven't budged in almost five years. 

Union president Jerry Jordan has said he's hopeful the contract "will mean improved stability for our members and our schoolchildren."

Superintendent William Hite has said getting a contract was his top priority this school year, which wraps up Tuesday for students.