By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) – Thousands of Denver public school teachers strolled picket lines for a second day on Tuesday, disrupting classes for some 92,000 trainees as union and school district authorities were set to resume talks that broke down at the weekend.
In the latest in a series of strikes to hit the U.S. public school system, the instructors are seeking pay hikes and a new wage structure.
Statewide interruptions impacted West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona last year, and Los Angeles teachers reached a offer last month to reduce class sizes and raise salaries by 6 percent, ending a six-week walkout.
Talks in Denver broke down on Saturday, triggering the first walkout by instructors in the city since 1994. The two sides resumed talks on Tuesday early morning.
Outside Columbian Primary school, a lots instructors picketed, including early youth education professional Traci McKeehan, 48, who stated she was confident that a offer would be reached with a more foreseeable structure. The union states that structure is needed to preserve a stable workforce.
“In Denver, we’re losing teachers left and best,” stated McKeehan, who was holding a indication that read, “We’d rather be teaching.”
Denver Public Schools has said its proposal would raise instructors’ pay by nearly 11 percent next year, while the union, the Denver Class Teachers Association, has called that figure pumped up.
A school district spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment prior to the resumption of talks.
On Monday, nevertheless, Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova told reporters that the district has already satisfied numerous of the teachers’ demands to streamline their complex pay structure.
“We’ve made actually substantial changes currently,” Cordova said. “Many of the things I believe that we hear our instructors grumble about, actually aren’t about the proposal that we’ve put on the table, it’s about the present system. And numerous of those things I concur with as well.”
District authorities swore to keep all 207 schools open through the strike, staffed by alternative instructors and administration personnel. However on Tuesday the district stated it cancelled pre-kindergarten classes.
Denver’s 5,650-member instructors’ union states a new pay scheme has actually compromised trustworthy cost-of-living wage hikes for limited bonuses used for teaching in high-poverty areas and classes with problematic trainees.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday expressed assistance for the instructors’ pay needs and used to help moderate the conflict.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Additional reporting by Jann Tracey in Denver and Gina Cherelus in New York; Writing and additional reporting by Peter Szekely in New York, Abundant McKay in Atlanta and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by John Stonestreet and Matthew Lewis)
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