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The Latest: Denver teachers vote to go on strike over pay

January 23, 2019

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Denver teachers’ decision to strike over base pay (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Denver teachers have decided overwhelmingly to go on strike.

The Denver Classroom Teachers’ Association announced Tuesday night that 93 percent of unionized teachers voted in favor of a strike. Two-thirds had to OK the move for them to walk off the job as soon as Monday.

The main sticking point was increasing base pay, including lessening teachers’ reliance on one-time bonuses for things such as having students with high test scores or working in a high-poverty school. Teachers also wanted to earn more for continuing their education.

While teachers have the right to strike in Colorado, the state can intervene but can’t force either side to do anything. If the state steps in, the walkout could be delayed by up to 180 days, past the current school year.

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4 p.m.

Denver teachers are finishing up a vote on whether to go on strike.

Voting started Saturday and is set to end Tuesday night. Two-thirds of unionized teachers would have to approve a strike for teachers to walk off the job as soon as Monday.

The main sticking point is increasing base pay, including lessening teachers’ reliance on one-time bonuses for things such as having students with high test scores or working in a high-poverty school and allowing teachers to earn more for continuing their education.

While teachers have the right to strike in Colorado, the state reserves the right to intervene although it can’t force either side to do anything. If teachers strike and the state steps in, the walkout could be delayed by up to 180 days, past the current school year.

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