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Detroit teachers to vote on new contract this month

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 18:20:22-04

It's almost time for a crucial vote impacting 3,000 Detroit teachers. A proposed contract is offering them their first raises in 10 years.

After a decade of decline, some say there are new signs of hope. But, is there enough good news after they already took 10 percent pay cuts?

"It's a good start," says teacher Lakia Wilson, who works at Spain Elementary.

Wilson says she's encouraged by a proposed three percent raise the first year, and a four percent raise the second year. The third year will be open to re-negotiation.

Another teacher, Grayling Mercer, says he left the district due to layoffs a few years ago. While he now makes more money and has better benefits in Oak Park, he also supports this latest contract.

Both Lakia and Grayling are optimistic this proposal will pass when ballots are mailed out on Wednesday. Also, teachers are hoping to get better health care worked out in the next year.

All votes are expected to be counted July 27th.