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CEA Files Intent to Strike for Park County Educators

Educators welcome District back to bargaining for benefit of Park Count SPEA, District to return Saturday for public salary negotiations students 


September 9, 2019

DENVER – The Colorado Education Association on September 6 filed a notice of intent to strike with the Colorado Department of Labor on behalf of the South Park Education Association (SPEA). More than 90% of SPEA members voted on September 4 to authorize a strike if the Park County School District fails to join educators at the bargaining table to negotiate fair, professional pay for all educators.

SPEA and the District have agreed to discuss salaries at a public bargaining session scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the district administration building in Fairplay. Taya Mastrobuono, an elementary school teacher and SPEA president, said that she and SPEA hope that the district comes to the table on Saturday to offer a serious proposal; one that honors and invests in its educators and does right by students.

“We met with about 80 community members last week after the strike vote who clearly want the District to stop these stalling and delaying tactics, show up in public bargaining, and make a wise decision to invest the taxpayers’ money in the schools our students deserve. We’re looking forward to Saturday for a great opportunity to come together at the bargaining table, discuss salaries, and work toward an agreement that will retain and attract good educators.” said Mastrobuono.

The South Park Education Association led a community march Friday through the streets of Fairplay. Vehicles honked and neighbors waved in support of their educators. “The town understands our students’ futures are at stake. It’s in the best interest of our students and community to resolve the crisis this weekend.”

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