Denver teachers are the intention to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after the failure of negotiations with the school district on the base salary. The Denver Teachers' Union and Public Schools met on Saturday to try to sign a new contract after more than a year of negotiations, but both parties were disappointed.
Denver Class Teachers Association (DCTA) published a statement after the meeting, claiming that the district's proposal lacked transparency and "led to the failure of incentives to provide all with a meaningful base salary".
"We will strike Monday for our students and for our profession, and maybe then, DPS will understand the message and come back to the bargaining table with a serious proposal to address the crisis of teacher turnover at Denver, "said Henry Roman, president of the teachers. union.
Meanwhile, superintendent of schools Susana Cordova said that she was "extremely disappointed" at the fact that the union withdrew from the table instead of continuing to work to reach an agreement.
"We have submitted an updated proposal that responds to what our teachers have said, which corresponds to our values of equity and retention … and which greatly increases the base salary of all our educators," Cordova said. .
Teachers' Union members voted against the strike on January 22, CBS Denver Reports. The state has announced that it will not intervene on February 6. This allowed teachers to start striking on Monday.
Teachers plan to picket around the city while the district tries to keep the schools open with directors and alternates. The district has canceled classes for about 5,000 preschool children because they do not have the staff to look after them.
The two sides disagree on salary increases and bonuses for teachers in the very poor schools and other schools that are prioritized by the district. Teachers want lower bonuses to free up money and improve overall salaries, while administrators say these bonuses are needed to improve the educational outcomes of poor and minority students.
Premiums paid to teachers with more than 14 years of experience are not part of their base salary, which critics say encourages high turnover and hurts students. Both parties agreed to delete this provision but disagree on the amount of bonuses for teachers working in very poor schools and in schools considered as high priority by the district.
Governor Jared Polis decided Wednesday not to intervene to stop the strike, but said he could intervene if it dragged on. It would take about $ 400,000 a day for schools to work with alternates and administrators.
According to the teachers' union, 93% of its members supported a strike in a vote last month.
DCTA will operate community food banks to help families affected by the strike, CBS Denver said. Non-perishable donations can be delivered and families can receive goods from 7h to 12h at the following locations:
Local Firefighters Local 858 Northwestern Denver, 12 Lakeside Ln.
Northeast – IBEW Local 111: 5965 E 39th Ave.
National Association of Southwest Mail Companies, Branch 47: 5151 W 1st Ave.
Southeast – Unite Here Local 23: 5303 E Evans Ave., # 302.