09/17/2014 10:25 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:55 EDT

B.C. teachers' strike: BCTF letter outlines tentative agreement

B.C.'s 41,000 teachers will be taking a close look at the details in the tentative agreement reached early yesterday morning between the provincial government and their union.

The final wording of the new contract proposal has not yet been publicly released, but CBC News has obtained a letter outlining the highlights sent by the B.C. Teachers' Federation to its members.

The letter confirms the deal is for six years with a salary increases of 7.25 per cent, plus a variety of increases to health and dental benefits.

It also includes an increase in classroom preparation time, raising the amount  to 100 minutes of non-teaching time for elementary teachers each week.

The letter also outlines how the new $400-million education fund will be spent. The union promises the money will lead to an additional 850 teaching positions being added each year of the agreement.

And finally there's details on $105-million dollar fund to settle grievances stemming from the ongoing court case. The BCTF says that money will be given out in one-time payments, with specific amounts yet to be determined.

Teachers vote on the deal Thursday.

If they approve it, classes could resume Monday in most school districts.

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