Park County Teachers Authorize Strike, Seek More Substantial Raises Than Offered

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The teachers union in the Park County School District Re-2 - Fairplay has voted to authorize a strike.
Park County Teachers Authorize Strike, Seek More Substantial Raises Than District Offers
By Natalia V. Navarro, CPR News | September 5, 2019

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.

The Park County School District Re-2 Fairplay Press Release
August 28, 2019

Park County teachers vote to strike for better pay
By Jessica Porter, Denver Channel 7 | Sep 05, 2019

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.

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