Red  for  Ed  Continues:  Where  Educators’  Strikes  Are  Set  to  Spread  Next

Red for Ed Continues: Where Educators’ Strikes Are Set to Spread Next

By Anne Rowe for DPS board, February 9, 2019

Denver Class Educators Association instructors and supporters rally at the Colorado State Capitol demanding much better salaries and advising the state not to get included in a possible strike on January 30, 2019.
Photo: Andy Cross/Denver Post via Getty Images

The Red for Ed motion most likely immortalized 2018 as a banner year for labor organizing among public school teachers. That eagerness isn’t dissipating in 2019. Last month, the United Teachers of Los Angeles went on strike for six days, ultimately protecting a 6 percent pay raise, lower caps on class sizes, and a dedication to hire more school nurses and counselors, among other concessions. Now, teachers in a variety of other cities and states are considering their own strikes and walkouts.

The roots of the Los Angeles strike are older than Red for Ed, and the same was true of December’s strike by unionized educators at Acero charter schools in Chicago. Educators are not freshly discontented with underfunded schools and pay injustices; these beliefs have actually built up for years, and strikes and walkouts that conjure up Red for Ed are often the result of months of contract settlements and years of technique. A collective anger was un-bottled last year, so it’s not surprising that instructors are continuing to take cumulative action. Here are few worth watching in weeks to come.

The Denver Classroom Educators’ Association revealed on Wednesday that their members mean to strike on Monday, February 11. Denver Public Schools had asked the state to intervene to stop the strike, but freshly elected guv Jared Polis and the state Department of Labor decreased to do so on Wednesday. According to KDVR C hannel 31, the union and school district will work out again on Friday.

In a declaration sent out to press, DCTA decried the district’s “revolving door of instructor turnover.” The union previously said that its goal is “to deal a reasonable, competitive, and transparent income schedule so that educators can afford to live in the neighborhoods we serve and so our students can have educators that stay in the district for the totality of their professions.” A strike would send out the DCTA’s 3,000 members out of classrooms on Monday; the district is attempting to hire substitute teachers to replace them.

If Denver instructors do strike, they won’t be the just teachers on a picket line this month. Chicago is now in the middle of its second charter school strike. About two months after teachers employed by Acero charter schools struck over big class sizes and inadequate assistance services for students, educators at 4 schools of the Chicago International Charter Schools are also on strike.

In a press release, the Chicago Teachers’ Union, which represents Acero and CICS teachers, said that instructors are battling for “pay parity” with their peers used in the city’s conventional public schools, in addition to more resources for trainees. “We’ll be on strike until our class sizes are smaller sized,” Stacy Davis Gates, the vice president of the CTU, informed the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’ll be on strike up until we have unique education resources. We’ll be on strike till they comprehend that social workers and therapists are required parts of our neighborhood inside our schools.” The strike is now in its third day.

The Acero strike, which took place in December, significant the nation’s first-ever charter school strike. Then they were signed up with by teachers at 3 schools of the Los Angeles–based Accelerated Schools charter network, who struck along with public teachers in L.A. The CICS strike could be number three — and we may soon be up to 4. Educators at the Summit Academy in Parma, Ohio, voted to authorize a strike on February 1, after yearlong agreement settlements with the charter operator continued to falter.

In a press release, the Ohio Federation of Teachers pointed out large class sizes and pay inequities in between instructors and administrators as points of concern. “Administrators gotten considerable pay raises while teachers gotten little or no boost. One in specific, CEO J ohn Guyer, got a $31,000 raise, an amount greater than lots of teachers make in an whole year,” the OFT specified.

This week, 95 percent of Oakland Unified Educators’ members voted to approve a strike, according to ABC 7 News. Members of the union have already staged isolated wildcat strikes, or walkouts that take location without union permission, in action to low pay and poor working conditions in the school district.

Oakland is situated in the nation’s most costly metro area, and instructors state they wear’t make enough cash to live near their schools. “Union needs include a 12 percent raise over three years, smaller sized classes and additional therapists and school nurses to help the district’s 37,000 students,” reported on Tuesday.

The union and the school district now wait for the results of a neutral, third-party fact-finding report desired to notify an ultimate settlement. As kept in mind, that reported is anticipated by February 15. If the union and school district still wear’t reach an arrangement after that date, instructors will strike. In a symbolic gesture, the Oakland City Council has currently voted to assistance teachers if they go out on strike.

A expense that ties an additional pay raise for instructors to the production of charter schools is working its way through the lower chamber of the West Virginia legislature. In reaction, teachers unions in Mingo County have currently voted to authorize a one-day walkout at an unspecified date.

The bill has actually undergone a number of modifications given that it initially appeared in the Senate Education Committee. But instructors still oppose the expense, and some they’re thinking about another walkout. The Exponent-Telegram reported on Wednesday:

School workers across the state are ballot on whether to grant state leaders of WVEA, the American Federation of Teachers and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association the authority to call for “some type of work action,” according to Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association.”

According to the Exponent-Telegram, union leaders are set to receive the results of each county’s votes prior to a meeting arranged for this weekend.