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The Latest: Denver teachers say strike will begin Monday

February 6, 2019

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the contract dispute involving Denver teachers (all times local):

2:36 p.m.

Denver teachers say they will strike on Monday after state officials declined to intervene in an ongoing contract dispute.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association said that the strike will move forward in a statement released Wednesday following Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement of the state’s decision.

The union representing teachers in January voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.

The walkout has been on hold as the state decided whether to intervene at the school district’s request. The labor department’s involvement could have put a strike on hold for up to 180 days.

The main sticking point is increasing pay and lessening teachers’ reliance on one-time bonuses.

The union represents 5,635 educators in the Denver Public School system.

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2:24 p.m.

Colorado officials say they will not intervene in a pay dispute between Denver teachers and the school district.

Gov. Jared Polis announced the decision on Wednesday. Department of Labor Executive Director Joe Barela says state officials believe the Denver district and teachers are close to a negotiated agreement.

The union representing teachers in January voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.

The walkout has been on hold as the state decided whether to intervene at the school district’s request. The labor department’s involvement could have put a strike on hold for up to 180 days.

The teachers’ union asked the state’s labor department to stay out of their contract dispute and allow them to strike.

The main sticking point is increasing pay and lessening teachers’ reliance on one-time bonuses.

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