The Park County School District Re-2 Fairplay Press Release
More than 90 percent of South Park Education Association members voted Wednesday to indicate they'd be willing to strike. The strike would take effect if the Park County School District doesn't return to the negotiating table with an acceptable salary offer, according to union officials.
During eight and 10 hour negotiating sessions in August, the two sides agreed on most points, including a salary negotiation process for the 2020-2021 school year, but not on the salary increase.
Freeman said the union presented their request for raises and the district did not provide a counteroffer by the union deadline of Aug. 28.
The Park County School District already instituted a 6.5 percent increase to the base salary for this school year, district officials said in an emailed statement.
FAIRPLAY, Colo. -- Park County RE-2 teachers voted to strike for better pay Wednesday.
Teachers say they are working second jobs and living paycheck-to-paycheck.
“They have to make decisions on milk or eggs,” South Park Education Association (SPEA) President Taya Mastrobuono told Denver7.
The District has 500 students and says they are “not sitting on vast cash overages.” It says teachers did get a 6.5% salary increase this school year.
But teachers say it’s misleading because it didn’t apply to all teachers.
The South Park Education Association, the union representing teachers working in the Park County School District, have announced that they will strike beginning Monday, Oct. 14, after talks with the district broke down Thursday night. The strike was announced two weeks ago amid failed negotiations for a new professional agreement between the sides.
Barring any last-minute breakthroughs in negotiations, which reached a sticking point on current year pay, the teachers of the South Park Education Association will strike beginning Monday.
From its end, the Park County School District Board of Directors said in its latest media release that it felt its request for a new professional agreement to be in place before discussions on current year pay can begin was a reasonable one.
Audio interview at koacolorado.iheart.com/featured/colorado...rs-strike-continues/
Park County teachers are striking for the second straight day as they ask for a pay increase while the board says they don't think the request is feasible. We talk with teacher Doug Freeman, a amember of the South Park Education Association and a member of the negotiating team.
Dear Park County Families and Community Members,
WE HAVE BIG NEWS FOR TOMORROW: Joe Torrez will meet with us at the bargaining table around 11 am. We need YOU to help us keep the energy up and show the district that you value our voices.
We need you on the picket line at 7am. At 7:30, there will be a “dump truck jamboree”, a parent lunch at the Administration Building at 11:30, and pumpkin painting at the town park off Main Street after lunch. Bring your kiddos!
A tremendous and heart-felt thank you to the parents and community members who stood with us again today. We especially want to thank our students and student council representatives who showed true leadership by standing with us and for their school. A special thank you to Terry from the Fairplay Depot for being a wonderful host to us, the Soup Pot for graciously providing, perhaps, the best Tomato Basil soup in the world, and our community who brought us donuts, sandwiches, and tamales from Dorothy’s Tamales.
As a reminder, if your family is affected by the strike and you need child care or food, please go to the Strike Update page on the SPEAstrong website for more information.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and at our website for all the latest developments.
See you tomorrow!
Thank you for your continued love and support,
The educators of the South Park Education Association
District and union representatives met Wednesday and Thursday, the first formal talks since Aug. 23. Both sides characterized Wednesday’s meeting, which focused on various aspects of the contract or professional agreement, as productive. On Thursday, union members pushed to return to the question of salaries, which the district does not want to debate. And that’s where things ended.
The union has worked out an agreement with the local Boys and Girls Club to care for children whose parents don’t want to send them to school during the strike and collected food donations to provide meals. Teachers plan to rotate between the picket line and the Boys and Girls Club. The state teachers union, the Colorado Education Association, is collecting money for a strike fund.
Read more at chalkbeat.org
I’m a Park County teacher and I am here with our teachers, students and many parents. Our Superintendent, Joe Torrez cancelled a negotiation meeting that was scheduled for 11:00. We the teachers are doing everything possible to sit down with the board to negotiate a return to our classes but again, they cancelled. We really need the community’s help right now, our students need you.
We do have a mediator coming up from Denver now so hopefully progress will be made.
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STRIKE UPDATE 5 hours ago: We attempted to enter the building to meet with the board or the Superintendent for a 12:15 meeting we were told we had but were asked to leave as “there is no meeting.”
STRIKE UPDATE 2 hours ago: we’re currently outside the district admin building waiting for a public bargaining session with a federal mediator.
15min ago: We are here! We have a long way to go, but the district is at the table and we are starting the work to come to an agreement for our students’ futures. #SPEAstrong #redfored #WeAreParkCounty #southpark