By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) – Hundreds of Denver public faculty academics are anticipated to strike Tuesday, disrupting lessons for greater than 90,000 college students for a second day as union and college district officers resume talks that broke down on the weekend.
Within the newest of a number of main strikes to hit the U.S. public faculty system, the academics are looking for pay hikes and a brand new wage construction.
Statewide stoppages affected West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona final yr, and Los Angeles academics reached a deal final month to scale back class sizes and lift salaries by 6 %, ending a six-week walkout.
Talks in Denver broke down on Saturday night time, triggering the primary walkout by academics within the metropolis since 1994 on Monday.
It disrupted lessons for some 92,000 college students however district officers saved all 207 faculties open Monday, staffed by substitute academics and administration personnel, and are anticipated to take action so long as the strike continues.
Denver’s 5,650-member academics’ union says a brand new pay scheme has sacrificed reliable cost-of-living wage hikes for restricted bonuses provided for educating in high-poverty areas and lessons with problematic college students.
Denver Public Colleges Superintendent Susana Cordova stated the district had proposed a pay enhance of almost 11 % subsequent yr. Robert Gould, lead negotiator for the Denver Classroom Academics Affiliation’s bargaining staff, stated the district was inflating the worth of the supply.
The 2 sides are scheduled to reconvene for talks at 10:00 am on Tuesday, when hundreds of academics are once more anticipated to courageous freezing climate to picket outdoors faculties earlier than a rally on the metropolis’s Civic Middle Park.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Further reporting by Jann Tracey in Denver and Gina Cherelus in New York; Writing and extra reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; enhancing by John Stonestreet)