The Issaquah School District has agreed to pay the cost-of-living raises that are already in two unions' existing contracts, avoiding a strike that had been called for Jan. 29.

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The Issaquah School District and the unions representing its paraeducators and office personnel have reached a deal, averting a strike that would have started Jan. 29.

Under new tentative agreements reached Thursday that await approval votes from both unions — the Service Employees International Union Local 925 and the Issaquah Association of Educational Office Professionals — the district will pay the cost-of-living wage increases called for in both unions’ four-year contracts, which began in 2017.

The dispute arose mid-contract when employees noticed they weren’t receiving the cost-of-living adjustments, said Binah Palmer, communications director for SEIU 925. Both unions voted last week to authorize a strike.

At that point, the district said the state no longer allocates funding for cost-of-living raises, a change the district didn’t foresee when the contracts were originally negotiated. The district did not provide further details on Friday.

Lawmakers provided $776 million toward funding educator salaries during the last legislative session. Districts didn’t have to use a portion of the salary money on cost-of-living adjustments this school year, said T.J. Kelly, interim chief financial officer for the state education department — but nothing prevents them from doing so.

Both unions will vote on the tentative agreements Tuesday, Jan. 29.

This story has been changed to correct the date of the union votes to Tuesday, Jan. 29.