Teachers Union Rejects District’s Offer of Estimated $50 Million For Compensation
Denver – Denver Public Schools (DPS) officials met at the negotiating table with leaders of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). The DCTA rejected the DPS offer and did not offer a counter proposal.
The DPS bargaining team heard from teachers that money was a top priority. In response, DPS shared a new proposal that builds on its Jan. 18 proposal that offered an average 10% increase for teachers and SSPs in 2019-20 through an investment of $20.5 million. The newest proposal adds $3 million new dollars into teacher compensation for 2020-21 and guarantees cost of living adjustments (COLAs) through the 2021-22 school year. With this proposal, DPS is committing an estimated $50 million new dollars in teacher increases over three years.
Superintendent Susana Cordova said: “I am disappointed that the DCTA did not engage in the discussion or bring a counter proposal. They chose to leave at 6:45 p.m. when we were scheduled to bargain until 8 pm. We came committed to negotiating, and had anticipated we would have the opportunity to share additional ideas with DCTA about the structure of the new system. We would have been willing to provide a counter-proposal if we had seen one brought forward by the Association.”
Denver Public Schools remains committed to continuing these difficult conversations while awaiting the Colorado Department of Labor’s decision on whether they will intervene.
“I know that every day matters when it comes to reaching an agreement and preventing a strike. If a strike occurs, there will a loss of instructional time for our students that cannot be recovered. For that reason, I think it is critically important that we make every effort to reach agreement before we see a strike,” Cordova added.
For more information about DPS’ proposal, please visit greatteachers.dpsk12.org. The school district is encouraging families who need information about schools to call the Family Helpline at 720-423-3054 with any questions. Updates about labor negotiations are available at teacherstrike.dpsk12.org.