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NYC, teachers strike deal that could be template

NYC, teachers strike deal that could be template
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Agreement ends a nearly five-year labor dispute.

New York City and its largest teachers union have struck a deal on a new contract.

The agreement that Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday ends a nearly five-year labor dispute and potentially sets a template for negotiations with other unions. The nearly 150 in the city are working on expired contracts.

The nine-year contract says teachers will receive back pay equivalent of nearly 8 percent of their salaries and a series of small raises through 2018. The Associated Press obtained a copy in advance of the announcement.

The contract also will fund merit pay for teachers and provides the city $1 billion in health care savings over the length of the deal. It's the first labor agreement struck by de Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January.