The Latest: Denver teachers go on strike over pay dispute
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the Denver teacher strike (all times local):
Denver teachers have gone on strike after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay.
Teachers started the strike Monday.
The school district says schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.
However, the district has canceled classes for 5,000 pre-school children because it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.
It’s the latest action in a wave of teacher activism since last spring, when teachers walked off the job in West Virginia.
Denver teachers say they will strike Monday after failing to win an agreement on pay.
Both sides met Saturday in a final attempt to reach a new contract after over a year of negotiations. They are expected to sit down at the bargaining table again Tuesday.
Teachers plan to picket schools around the city starting Monday. The district says schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.
However, the district has canceled classes for 5,000 preschool children because it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.
The teachers’ union says 93 percent of participating members backed a strike in a vote last month.
Denver teachers are planning to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay.
The teachers union and Denver Public Schools met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after more than a year of negotiations, but both sides left disappointed.
The Denver Classroom Teachers Association released a statement after the meeting saying the district’s proposal lacks transparency and “pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all.”
Meanwhile, schools Superintendent Susana Cordova said she was “extremely disappointed” that the union walked away from the table instead of continuing to work toward an agreement.
Teachers plan to picket around the city beginning Monday as the district tries to keep schools open by staffing them with administrators and substitutes. The district has canceled classes for about 5,000 preschoolers because it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.