FILE – On this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, file picture, lecturers from the Denver Public Faculties carry placards as they wait to march after a rally in help of a strike exterior the State Capitol in Denver. Denver lecturers are planning to strike Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 after failed negotiations with the varsity district over base pay. (AP Photograph/David Zalubowski, File) The Related Press
By THOMAS PEIPERT, Related Press
DENVER (AP) — Denver lecturers are planning to strike Monday for the primary time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the varsity district over base pay.
The lecturers union and Denver Public Faculties met Saturday in an try to succeed in a brand new contract after greater than a yr of negotiations, however either side left upset.
The Denver Classroom Lecturers Affiliation launched a press release after the assembly saying the district’s proposal lacks transparency and “pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all.”
“We will strike Monday for our students and for our profession, and perhaps then DPS will get the message and return to the bargaining table with a serious proposal aimed at solving the teacher turnover crisis in Denver,” stated Henry Roman, president of the lecturers union.
In the meantime, colleges Superintendent Susana Cordova stated she was “extremely disappointed” that the union walked away from the desk as a substitute of continuous to work towards an settlement.
“We presented an updated proposal that responds to what we heard from our teachers, aligns to our values of equity and retention … and significantly increases the base pay for all of our educators,” Cordova stated.
Lecturers plan to picket across the metropolis starting Monday because the district tries to maintain colleges open by staffing them with directors and substitutes. The district has canceled lessons for about 5,000 preschoolers as a result of it would not have the employees to care for them.
The 2 sides disagree about pay will increase and bonuses for lecturers in high-poverty colleges and different colleges that the district considers a precedence. Lecturers need decrease bonuses to liberate cash for higher general salaries, whereas directors say the bonuses are vital to spice up the educational efficiency of poor and minority college students.
Bonuses paid to lecturers with greater than 14 years of expertise don’t change into a part of their base pay, which critics say encourages excessive turnover and hurts college students. Each side have agreed to do away with that provision however disagree about how large the bonuses must be for lecturers working in high-poverty colleges and in colleges deemed a excessive precedence by the district.
Gov. Jared Polis determined Wednesday in opposition to intervening to cease the strike however stated he might step in if it drags on. It is anticipated to price about $400,000 a day to maintain colleges working with substitutes and directors.
The lecturers’ union says 93 % of its members backed a strike in a vote final month.
Related Press author Colleen Slevin contributed to this report.
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