Detroit teachers get their first look at their new contract with the district

Posted at 6:35 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 23:24:41-04

Teachers from Detroit Public Schools are meeting to learn more about a tentative agreement involving their contract with the district.

The new contract comes after years of pay cuts and a serious lack of staffing.

They met at 2nd Ebenezer Church and many teachers got the chance to ask tough questions about their future and have them answered.

7 Action News cameras were rolling as teachers arrived to a 5:30 meeting with union leaders, ready to talk about what they can expect from the new tentative agreement.

On the minds of some we spoke to were important points like salary, benefits and class sizes - even working conditions in the classroom.

The new deal will still have to be ratified by Detroit schoolteachers.

Highlights of the deal include salary step increases, more time for holidays, limits on class sizes and tougher standards for health and safety in the classroom.

So far reactions from some have been mixed.

Health care is still something being negotiated. Union President Ivy Bailey does plan to update us as things develop.