Pueblo Teachers Rally For More Money

By: McKenzie Martin
By: McKenzie Martin

After a year of negotiations, District 60 says teachers won't get the raise that they've been asking for.

"As teachers we do support the community and we support our students and we need the respect we deserve," said one pueblo teacher.

About a hundred teachers gathered in front of the D-60 Headquarters…upset over the District's decision to not honor the 2.45-percent wage increase recommended through arbitration.

"We've actually been asking for more but we're happy with what the fact finder has found," said Barb Clementi, Vice-President of the Pueblo Education Association.

But the district says 2.45-percent is simply too much and they are sticking by their original offer of 1.5-percent.

"We don't have the money right now, its a pretty unfair request," said D-60 Spokesperson Greg Sinn.

The teachers say they feel mislead because the District had originally said that they would honor whatever decision was reached by the arbitrator, but the District says the arbitrator's role in this matter is only advisory.

"If we had the money we would certainly consider offering it right now but I think its in the boards hands and I think the board thinks that we're being fair,” Sinn said.

If the teachers go on strike, the District says some schools may have to close.

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