Ala. Teacher Strike in Second Day
Nov. 17, 1999
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ The city school board rescinded the superintendent's $30,000 pay raise Tuesday as a teacher strike protesting the raise left most classrooms deserted for a second day in Alabama's largest city.
With the pay raise withdrawn on a 4-0 vote, local Education Association President Gwen Sykes said she will recommend teachers return to work Wednesday.
``This is what we wanted,'' she said. His raise would have been a 20 percent increase while teachers and other employees received raises of 1.5 percent or less.
Brown was shouted down by an auditorium full of teachers as he tried to speak Tuesday. He will go back to working under his original contract and pay.
None of the system's 105 bus routes operated Tuesday, and lights were off in some school buildings. Monday, about 1,300 of 2,100 teachers did not report to work, and 30,000 of nearly 39,000 students missed class.
The increase would have boosted Brown's salary to $181,000, while some of his top aides also received raises of as much as $20,000.