Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by The Associated Press on May 7, 2018.
Teachers in Pueblo went on strike Monday, shutting down schools in a dispute over how much they should be paid for the school year that’s nearly over.
The strike comes as frustrated teachers in several states have won pay increases.
Teachers in the historically pro-union community want a 2 percent cost of living raise for the current school year, which was recommended by a fact finder brought in to help reach an agreement. But the school district says it cannot afford another raise for the teachers until the state begins to pay it back next year for underfunding during the recession.
Qualified teachers, who have been working under an expired contract since August, received raises based on their experience and education levels. …