Gillibrand endorses Denver teacher strike

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.), who announced her 2020 presidential bid last month, endorsed  Denver teachers' strike for better pay.

“We entrust our children—our futures—to teachers, but we don’t come close to paying them what they deserve. Teachers spend nights planning, go into their own pockets for supplies and love our kids like their own. We need to pay them a living wage. #DenverTeacherStrike,” Gillibrand tweeted Wednesday.

Hundreds of Denver teachers took to the streets Monday to rally for increased pay. Many carried signs and chanted, and several students also walked out of their high schools to join the picketers.

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The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) have been negotiating for more than a year regarding teachers’ pay but have not yet come to an agreement. The talks are largely focused on the district’s proposal to increase bonuses, while teachers are demanding bumps to base salaries.

As of Saturday night, the DCTA was proposing a $28.5 million package for teacher salaries. The district counter with $23.3 million.

Colorado Public Radio reported the strike is expected to affect 71,000 students in the district’s 147 schools.

Gillibrand is one of several Democrats who have already announced their 2020 presidential campaigns. She is joined by other high-profile candidates like Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.). Heavyweights like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay MORE (I-Vt.) are waiting in the wings. 

Many of the perceived front-runners appear to be angling their appeal toward the base’s progressive wing, among which support for labor movements and unions is popular.