Denver Educators Strike for their Students Tomorrow

DENVER – Tomorrow Denver educators will strike for our students after 15 months of negotiations with Denver Public Schools. The district has failed to deliver a fair, transparent and professional salary plan that pays all teachers a living wage at the base level and limits unpredictable bonuses that disrupt our students’ education.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association bargaining team negotiated for over 10 hours Friday and Saturday in an attempt to reach an agreement, but DPS continued to bring proposals that exacerbate the problems educators are trying to fix. Both parties will take time to cool off and come back together Tuesday. DCTA is committed to bargaining that will create the schools Denver students deserve.

 

Monday, Feb. 11

 

6:30 a.m. – Press conference at South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.

 

7:00-9:00 a.m. – Educators picket at schools across Denver.
     * Second key location: East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade.

9:00 a.m. – March from West High School, 951 Elati St., down Speer Blvd. to Colfax Ave.

9:00-11 a.m. – Educators at Lincoln High School (2285 S. Federal Blvd.) and Montbello High School (5000 Crown Blvd.) continue picketing and welcome parents and community to join.

 

2:00 p.m. –  Educator and community rally, Colorado State Capitol, west steps.
A list of scheduled speakers include: Henry Roman, DCTA President; Rob Gould, Denver educator and lead DCTA negotiator; Amie Baca-Oehlert, CEA President; Lily Eskelsen García, NEA President.

 

DCTA will operate community food banks to assist families affected by the strike. Non-perishable donations may be delivered and families may receive goods from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the following locations:

 

Northwest – Denver Firefighters Local 858, 12 Lakeside Ln.

Northeast – IBEW Local 111: 5965 E 39th Ave.

Southwest – National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 47: 5151 W 1st Ave.

Southeast – Unite Here Local 23: 5303 E Evans Ave., # 302.

   ** Ongoing until strike ends

Denver Public Schools has closed Early Childhood Education centers across the district. For families affected by this closure, Highlands United Methodist Church will work to provide childcare and lunch for 30 students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. DCTA will provide two fully supplied ECE classrooms with DPS teachers volunteering their time. Families can find out more information and sign up here.

 

DCTA members voted Jan. 22 to strike against Denver Public Schools for a predictable, competitive compensation system. Visit https://denverteachers.org/strike/ for regularly updated strike information.