In our third session with the state mediator, we finally came to an agreement. It was signed this morning. 10 1/2 months of negotiations - a full school year, and we're settled. Neither side is totally thrilled, but that means it's a good settlement. We'll get a decent raise, plus a couple of good language changes to the contract.
But it's over. For now. Whew. No more picketing, no more demonstrations at board meetings; time for rest and relaxation and coming back in the fall for a fresh start.