Collective bargaining is the process in which educators, through DCTA, negotiate employee contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment, including workloads, pay, professional development, preparation time, benefits and more.
The last time DCTA Bargaining Team negotiated the entire collective bargaining agreement was in 2017. This is the first time in five years that the entire employee contract is up for negotiation.
In January of 2022, DCTA distributed a bargaining survey to its members to identify working issues that were most important to theirs and their students needs. After reviewing over 3,000 survey responses, the Bargaining Team identified five bargaining tenets:
Our students deserve access to quality instruction and strong relationships with educators in their school. Educators must have a sustainable workload that can be completed within the 40-hour work week.
Our students deserve high quality, culturally responsive, and engaging lessons and services. Educators must have increased planning time to provide quality, differentiated learning experiences.
Fair & Equitable Compensation
Our students deserve the highest quality educators that are committed to the Denver community. Educator compensation must be competitive. Recruitment and retention must be a priority.
Our students deserve happy, healthy educators that share their cultural experiences. Educators must be treated equitably with a professional voice regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, or gender expression and identity.
Our students deserve highly qualified educators that are committed to life-long learning. Educators must have authentic and consistent feedback, support, and coaching to encourage a growth mindset.
You can also tune into bargaining sessions virtually through the DPS Vimeo account. You can watch each bargaining session by visiting: https://vimeo.com/event/561744. If the bargaining link is not working for any reason, please check the DCTA Facebook page for an updated link if necessary.
DCTA’s recognized education leaders, including classroom teachers and specialized service providers, are proud to be affiliated with a number of organizations, including the 40,000-member Colorado Education Association (CEA) and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association (NEA).