Today, we have been informed that the District has officially requested intervention from the State in an effort to delay our strike. Until the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment decides whether or not they will intervene, we are not able to strike. This means that DCTA bargaining unit members should report to work until we hear otherwise.
We are disappointed in the District’s decision to involve a third party to delay our strike rather than negotiating in good faith with educators in Denver. We know the District has the resources to reach an agreement, and we hope to return to the table to continue negotiations on a fair compensation system for all teachers and SSPs.
Over the weekend, 93% of DCTA voters approved a strike. We hope that the State honors that vote and rules not to intervene.
DCTA has been negotiating with the district for 14 months to bring change to a compensation system that is directly linked to Denver’s teacher turnover crisis. Teacher turnover is already very high and increasing in Denver Public Schools. In fact, 31% of Denver teachers have only been in their school for three years or less. The revolving door is a crisis for kids and families who count on DPS to consistently provide a caring, qualified and experienced teaching staff at every school.
Join us in advocating for a fair compensation system tomorrow night at the DPS Board of Education. You can click here to RSVP!