Pueblo educators victorious, head back to class

Put Students and Teachers FirstWith hundreds of educators, parents, students and members of Pueblo’s community chanting outside, the Pueblo Education Association won concessions from the Pueblo City School District on Saturday, May 12 and accepted the district’s latest offer, ending the five-day strike. The deal was ratified by members of the Pueblo Education Association and the Pueblo Paraprofessionals Education Association on Sunday, May 13. The agreement was reached after nearly seven hours of contentious bargaining.

The agreement for the Pueblo Education Association is a two-year agreement and includes:

  • A 2% COLA effective immediately, retroactive to January 2018;
  • Educators take two days leave for striking Monday and Tuesday; amnesty for Wednesday through Friday;
  • Step and lane movement 2018-19;
  • 2.5% COLA in 2018-19;
  • Health insurance contribution to $520/month in 2018-19;
  • Memorandum of Understanding for a proposed four-day work week and a Memorandum of Understanding for enrollment if higher than projected enrollment in 2018-19 are not firm but are under consideration by both sides.

Coongratulations to our brothers and sisters in Pueblo. Strength in unity!