Denver public school teachers vote to strike over pay, incentives
Tehran (KNA) - Public school teachers in Denver, Colorado, have voted to strike to demand for more money and incentive pay as teachers in Los Angeles reached a deal with school officials to end their six-day strike.
On Tuesday, the teachers in Denver overwhelmingly voted to go on strike after negotiations with Colorado’s largest school district failed last week.
Over 90 percent of the 3,500 members of the city's largest union, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, voted to stage their first strike in 25 years following the culmination of balloting that began on Saturday.
“Tonight, Denver teachers overwhelmingly agreed to strike,” Rob Gould, the union’s lead negotiator, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Ninety three percent voted to strike. They’re striking for better pay. They’re striking for our profession. And they’re striking for Denver students.”
The strike could begin on Monday, unless the school district reaches a last-minute deal with the total of 5,650 teachers who work there.
Meanwhile, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova said she would keep open the district’s 207 schools, where over 92,000 students are enrolled, using substitute teachers and administrators.