A heated labor disagreement over Denver’s teacher contract appears to be heading into late August and could reach a boiling point during the Democratic National Convention, reports Jeremy P. Meyer.
Teachers and the administration are at odds over changes to the district’s compensation system. It’s one of the issues that led union officials to warn teachers in their May newsletter to prepare for a strike.
Mediation with a professional arbiter has been set for Aug. 20-22, ending the Friday before the Democrats arrive for the convention.
This has the potential to be ugly. I will be keeping a close eye not only on the broader political ramifications but on what this potential clash could portend for education reform and labor relations in our own backyard.