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D60 teachers plan to strike for the first time since the 1990s in Colorado

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A teachers strike is expected in Pueblo Monday, something that hasn't happened in Colorado since the mid-1990s.

More than 900 teachers are said to walk off the job after negotiations between the Teachers Union and Pueblo District 60 School Board failed. Teachers say they won't stop until they get what they've asked for which includes cost of living increases for this school year. 

"Nobody disputes that teachers and all of our educators deserve way more, thats a given," said Barb Clementi of the D60 School Board. 

D60 teachers and labor unions from across the state will join together outside a number of places throughout the district Monday. 

''Our intent is to do this as long as it takes to get what we've requested." 

The strike comes following a nationwide protest involving teachers from Oklahoma, Arizona and some right here in Colorado. "The last offer is out there, it has not been withdrawn."

The District 60 School Board presented an offer Friday night, which included a $1,000 stipend, 2.50% cost of living increase starting next school year, and $50 monthly per employee towards health insurance plans beginning in September 2018. 

"This is the right fight for us at the right time and so I really feel this is the proper move it's not one that made lightly or one that we are taking lightly," said a member of the Pueblo Educators Association. 

As far as how long the strike will last, well that depends on when both sides can agree. "We are certainly hoping that we have a strike that only lasts three to five days."

The Pueblo Education Association has also set up an alert system where people can receive texts updates on the Pueblo teachers strike. 

Here is a statement from D60 School Board President Barb Clementi: 

Here is the Pueblo Education Association's response via Twitter Sunday night:

Nearly 80 percent of D60 kids qualify for reduced or free lunch, and for some it's the only balanced meal they get all day. The District says it does plan on serving meals, despite the schools being closed. 

The schools that will offer free lunches for students are Minnequa, Mortin, Belmont, Baca, and Beulah Heights Elementaries, as well as the Lucero and Rawlings Libraries from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

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