District 60 extends offer to teachers to avoid strike

Posted at 3:08 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 17:08:23-04

Teachers in Pueblo’s District 60 have until 4:00 Thursday afternoon to respond to an offer from the district to address issues that are motivating a strike.

News 5 obtained a letter sent from Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso to the teacher union on Thursday morning. In it, Macaluso said she is prepared to recommend to the School Board that a one time payment equal to 1% of their salary would be paid to teachers in June 2018 as a bonus, a COLA equal to 2.25% of salary for the 2018-2019 school year and a $30 increase in the District’s contribution to the cost of health insurance for next school year.

Teachers were asking for a 2% COLA increase as well as health insurance contribution, however, they were asking that it take effect this year. The offer also includes reinstating the D60’s master contract with the teacher union for the 2018-2019 year and that the district enters into a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines changes brought about by the move to a four-day work week.

On Wednesday, the Department of Labor said it would not intervene in a strike. Teachers have said they will picket on Monday. 

Read our prior coverage here:

D60 teachers move forward with strike after state doesn’t intervene