East Bay teachers head into 2nd day of strike

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The New Haven School District’s first-ever strike is heading into its second day. 

There’s still no word about when the New Haven’s Teachers Association and the school district will head back to the bargaining table. 

Teachers say they will strike until they get a fair contract and in the meantime, the district has hired some substitute teachers and has administrative staff standing in to keep classes running. 

The almost 600 teachers and school staff are striking after negotiations failed to create a fair contract. 

Teachers are asking for a 10% salary increase over the next two years. 

The school district’s last, best, and final offer yesterday was a one-time 3% payment for this year and a 1% reoccurring raise to their salaries. 

Teachers say that’s nowhere close to meeting halfway, but the district says they simply don’t have the state funding due to declining enrollment. 

There are only three weeks left of the school year and this is definitely having an impact on students. 

On day one of the strike yesterday, only 20% of students showed up to school.

The district says students who don’t show up won’t be penalized. 

But school will remain open. 

At last check, the district said they plan on setting up another bargaining session with the Teachers Association, but nothing is set up yet. 

We’ll continue to keep you updated and give you a look of the strike when it begins around school drop-off time. 

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