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    (10/5/2009) NEW HAVEN- Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo and New Haven Federation of Teachers (NHFT) President David Cicarella announced today that a tentative agreement has been entered into by the union and the City of New Haven over the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.

    The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by union membership. All parties have agreed not to disclose any details of the agreement until details are presented to union membership and a vote takes place on October 13.

    "The agreement is in entirely consistent with the Joint Statement of Beliefs and reform goals that the NHFT and City agreed to," said Cicarella.

    "Comprehensive school change is the best economic development strategy, the best violence reduction strategy and the best pathway to support our children that the City can ever hope to do,” said DeStefano. “The choice for New Haven in the pursuit of school change is whether we shall be an average city or a great city. This agreement and the work yet to be done can forever change New Haven for the good.”

    "We're excited about the level of cooperation we've achieved," said Mayo. "The main theme that has resonated throughout these negotiations has been that we are all truly committed to moving New Haven students to the next level and really prepare them to excel in school and in life."

    Additional details will be made available upon ratification of the tentative agreement by NHFT members next week.


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