Denver Union, Officials to Reconvene as Schools Strike Enters Second Day

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Eagleton Elementary School first grade teacher Valerie Lovato, left, and East High School French teacher Tiffany Choi hold up signs as the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools district continue to negotiate over a bonus and incentive system called ProComp at the DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools building on January 11, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Special to the Denver Post)

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on February 12, 2019.

Thousands of Denver public school teachers are expected to strike Tuesday, disrupting classes for more than 90,000 students for a second day as union and school district officials resume talks that broke down at the weekend.

In the latest of several major strikes to hit the US public school system, the teachers are seeking pay hikes and a new salary structure.

Statewide stoppages affected West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona last year, and Los Angeles teachers reached a deal last month to reduce class sizes and raise salaries by 6 percent, ending a six-week walkout.

Talks in Denver broke down on Saturday night, triggering the first walkout by teachers in the city since 1994 on Monday. …

NY Times 2/12

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