Striking Minneapolis educators ratify agreements

March 28, 2022

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MINNEAPOLIS — Striking members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers voted over the weekend to ratify tentative agreements for new two-year contracts for teachers and for Educational Support Professionals, ending a strike that began March 8.

Under the terms of a negotiated return to work agreement, 4,500 teachers and ESPs returned to work today for a day of prep time before classes resume.

The Minneapolis Public Schools’ 28,500 students will return to classrooms tomorrow.

In voting results announced last night, the union reported:

• 76 percent of teachers voted to accept the tentative agreement for the teacher contract.

• 80 percent of ESPs voted to accept the tentative agreement for the ESP contract.

In a statement announcing the ratification votes, MFT said: “These historic agreements include significant wage increases for ESP and nation-leading protections for teachers of color, including exemptions from the excess and layoff process and more. In addition to improving our students’ learning conditions by adding more counselors, social workers, nurses, and specialists, this strike also helped set the conditions for significant change within MPS and how it approaches its work. Union leaders recognize that there is more work to do and this is just the beginning of turning around the Minneapolis Public Schools and are committed to continuing this work in the months and years to come.”

“We know we have historic wins,” said Greta Callahan, president of the MFT teacher chapter, in announcing the tentative agreements March 25. “We know we would not have been here without doing what we had to do….”

Results of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers contract ratification votes were announced by Greta Callahan, president of the MFT teacher chapter (left) and Shaun Laden, president of the MFT Educational Support Professionals chapter (right). Photo by Brad Sigal.

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