Gillibrand endorses Denver teacher strike

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' 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 HarrisSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (D-Minn.). Heavyweights like former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Biden: 'The America I see does not wish to turn our back on the world' DNC chair defends debate schedule after Biden says election process starts 'too early' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' 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.