Denver teachers union members begin strike vote
Denver teachers union members embodied the civics lessons some teach, exercising their right to vote Saturday for or against a strike after the union rejected Denver Public Schools’ late Friday night pay structure proposal.
Teachers — some energized, some defeated — trickled into Denver’s Riverside Church on Saturday afternoon, listening to informational sessions from union representatives. Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, who represent about 64 percent of educators in the district, turned out to decide if walking out of their classrooms in the name of fair wages was the right way forward through years of muddled, contentious contract negotiations between themselves and the district.
David Diaz, a former DPS and DTCA member and current DPS parent, accompanied his wife, a current DPS teacher, as she voted.