"I was really proud of what the teachers did in joining forces all together, it was spirited but it was positive. When we were on strike many of our students came and joined the march and the strike with us. And then there's relief today. Everybody's relieved. These teachers in this building, everybody wants to be here and everybody wants to be with their students and our students want us back, so everybody's super excited today. I think we can move forward in a positive direction and and everything worked the way it should work, when we had to get to the last resort. I hope that the Denver Public Schools in the future can do a little bit more in the 15 months prior to strike to avoid the situation again."
4. Medium view of school official greeting students walking into school
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Susan McHugh, teacher:
"So we'll be spending the next day or two in all of my classes talking about really the labor movement and the power that collective bargaining has, and the ability for people to gain fair employment and you know, employment as a fundamental right. And so this is just a really good example of what can happen when people join forces together."
got the word that it was OK for us to come back in solidarity with the rest of my colleagues. So we're here, back."
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is congratulating Denver's teachers union and its school district for reaching a tentative agreement to end a three-day strike.
Denver Public Schools and teachers announced Thursday they have reached a deal that includes raising pay by up to 11 percent, built-in cost-of-living increases and more opportunities for future salary hikes.
The deal was announced after marathon negotiations. Union and district leaders encouraged teachers to return to their classrooms.
Polis says in a statement that "Denver's kids are the biggest winners in today's agreement."
The governor had met with both sides in an effort to prevent the strike that began Monday.
The pact must be ratified by the full union membership.
The strike was the latest action in a wave of teacher activism that began last spring in Arizona and West Virginia and, most recently, Los Angeles.
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