MEDIA

Teachers in Denver are Having to Face Unacceptable Living Conditions, and Negotiations Must Resume

MEDIA STATEMENT
Monday, February 11, 2019
Contact: Andrea Arenas: aarenas@lclaa.org

WASHINGTON D.C. – LCLAA stands in solidarity with Denver educators, who like teachers in other parts of the nation, are having to take matters into their own hands in order to negotiate a fair and predictable salary. For over a year Denver educators have been trying to reach an agreement that would allow them to have consistent base pay. Currently their bonuses fluctuate yearly, at the whims of the school district. At least 2,100 of Denver’s estimated 5,000 teachers have walked out. Many of these hard working men and women are having to work several jobs in order to make ends meet.  

“These educators are molding the future of our nation. They have a great responsibility in their hands. They are committed classroom heroes who are demanding a fair and predictable income,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA’s National President. “It is unacceptable that these workers are having to figure out how to make ends meet. We demand justice for Denver’s educators NOW!”

“This is the first time in over two decades that Denver’s educators have gone on strike in order to demand a fair and humane salary.  Having to work more than one job in order to pay rent is not acceptable,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, LCLAA’s Executive Director. “Denver Public Schools needs to get back to the negotiating table with a reasonable and fair proposal.”

The current system used by the city’s public schools is leading to  high teacher turnover, which is ultimately hurting teachers and students. We must mobilize in order to protect these professionals and allow them to do their work.