Gillibrand endorses Denver teacher strike

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTreat broadband as infrastructure and we have a chance to get it right House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors To make energy green, remove red tape 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 HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory BookerWomen urge tech giants to innovate on office return Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharManchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights Hillicon Valley: Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation | Amazon fined 6M by EU regulators Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation MORE (D-Minn.). Heavyweights like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Bipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle 'The land is us' — Tribal activist turns from Keystone XL to Line 3 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.