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USDenver teachers go on strike after failing to reach pay deal

19:30  11 february  2019
19:30  11 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

Denver teachers planning first strike in 25 years

Denver teachers planning first strike in 25 years Thousands of educators poised to walk out as labor actions continue to roil school districts around the U.S.

DENVER — Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to go on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay . Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, said 93 percent of unionized teachers voted in favor of a strike . The union represents 5

DENVER (Reuters) - Public school teachers in Denver overwhelmingly voted late Tuesday to go on strike to press their demands for more money and incentive pay , after negotiations with Colorado’s largest school district hit an impasse last week. Having failed to reach a settlement after 15 months

DENVER — Denver teachers went on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay in the latest example of educator discontent, following a wave of walkouts over the last year.

Denver: Teachers will start strike Monday, after negotiations end

Denver: Teachers will start strike Monday, after negotiations end Denver teachers will go on strike Monday, according to a statement from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association.

Denver teachers , district leaders hit roadblock in latest contract talks as strike vote looms. In an interview with The Denver Post after the bargaining session cleared out, Superintendent Susana If negotiators from DPS and the teachers union fail to agree on a new contract by the end of this week

DENVER (AP) - Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to go on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay . Madrid taxis end strike , fail to get tighter rules for Uber. "They're striking for better pay , they're striking for our profession and they're striking for Denver

Denver's teachers started picketing before the start of the school day and students crossed through the picket lines on their way to class in some locations. Students in at least one school walked out of class and demonstrated in support of their teachers.

The city's schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers, the school district said. But canceled classes for 5,000 preschool children were canceled because the district does not have the staff to take care of them.

Union leaders told reporters they were frustrated with failed talks over the weekend aimed at reaching a deal. Union president Henry Roman said teachers were committed to reaching a deal but said that both sides needed a cooling off period. Another negotiation session is expected Tuesday.

Denver teachers will try to hash out a deal on Day 2 of their strike

Denver teachers will try to hash out a deal on Day 2 of their strike Now that Denver Public Schools feels the impact of a massive strike, the teachers' union hopes the school district will make an offer it can't refuse. © Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images "My pay has been too variable over the last several years," teacher Nick Childers said. After 15 months of negotiations went nowhere, thousands of educators marched in the freezing cold Monday -- the city's first teachers' strike in 25 years. After a brief "cooling-off" period, the union said, both sides are headed back to the negotiating table Tuesday.

Public school teachers in Denver , Colorado, have voted to strike to demand for more money and incentive pay as teachers in Los Angeles reached a deal with school officials to end their six-day strike . On Tuesday, the teachers in Denver overwhelmingly voted to go on strike after negotiations

DENVER (AP) - 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

"They need us. They need our labor, they need our minds, they need our talents to really make it happen," lead union negotiator Rob Gould said.

The strike for Denver's more than 4,000 teachers is their first in 25 years. It comes after teachers walked off the job in Arizona and West Virginia last year and Los Angeles teachers went on strike last month.

The Los Angeles teachers ended up getting the same 6 percent raise offered early on by the nation's second-largest school district. However, they also sought and won promises for smaller class sizes and adding more nurses and counselors.

In Denver, the main sticking points in the talks over a contract governing an incentive pay system are lowering bonuses to put more money in teachers' base pay and how to allow teachers to advance in pay based on education and training, the norm in most school districts.

The union pushed for lower bonuses for high-poverty and high-priority schools to free up more money for overall teacher pay and criticized the district for spending too much money on administration. However, the district sees those particular bonuses as key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Denver teachers extend strike after talks end without deal

Denver teachers extend strike after talks end without deal Denver teachers are set to extend their strike into a third day after negotiations with district leaders ended Tuesday night without a deal. Tuesday's talks came a day after more than half of the city's teachers walked off the job amid a pay dispute. The negotiations, which are set to resume Wednesday, began with discussions over changing Denver's pay system to more closely resemble those in other districts that make it easier for teachers to advance in pay.

The deal includes caps on class sizes and hiring full-time nurses for every school, as well as a 6 percent pay raise for teachers . Teachers in Denver began voting over the weekend on whether to strike after negotiations with the city’s school system failed to produce an agreement on Friday, local

DENVER (AP) - Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to go on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay . The main sticking point was increasing base pay , including lessening teachers ' reliance on one-time bonuses for things such as having students with high test

Some teachers argue that spending money on smaller class sizes and adding support staff, like counselors, is the best way to help disadvantaged students learn and make them good schools for teachers to work in.

Denver teachers say that the non-traditional pay system in the district leads to high turnover, which they say hurts students. They also hope that a win on pay will help them when it comes time to negotiate other issues when their overall contract expires in two years.

The state says a walkout will cost about $400,000 a day and would consume 1 to 2 percent of the district's annual operating budget in about a week. In encouraging both sides to come to an agreement, Gov. Jared Polis has pointed out that this money will no longer be available to help pay teachers once it is spent on the strike.

While teachers in some states are barred from striking, teachers in Colorado have a qualified right to walk off the job. As required by state law, teachers gave notice last month that they planned to strike. But the walkout was put on hold because the school district asked the state to intervene.

The strike was on again after the administration of Polis, a Democrat, decided last week not get involved, believing the positions of both sides were not that far apart.

However, Polis said the state could decide to intervene — and suspend the strike for up to 180 days — if the walkout drags on.

The state does not have the power to impose any deal on either side. But it can try to help the union and school district reach a deal and can require them participate in a fact-finding process

Oakland teachers announce strike over pay, class sizes.
Oakland teachers say they will strike starting Thursday. The union representing the 3,000 teachers announced the walkout Saturday, making it the latest in a wave of educator activism that has swept the U.S. since last spring. The union wants smaller class sizes, more counselors and full-time nurses, and a 12 percent raise over three years. The district has offered 5 percent and says it is squeezed by rising costs. The action comes a day after the sides received compromise recommendations in a fact-finding report.

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