Early this morning, following a full day and night of negotiations, Vancouver Public Schools and Service Employees’ International Union, Local 925 reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract for bus drivers and maintenance, custodial, grounds and cafeteria workers.

Details of the settlement will be released after a ratification vote.

Bargaining began last April. The current contract expires Aug. 31, 2019.

“I am pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with our SEIU bargaining team. I want to thank both teams for their positive collaboration to get to this tentative agreement,” said VPS Superintendent Steve Webb. “These professionals are critical to the operation of our schools. They drive our buses; cook and serve student meals; maintain our grounds, schools and equipment; and keep our students and staff members safe. They are integral members of our district and valued employees.”