Union City teachers set to strike Monday

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UNION CITY (KRON) — “I kind of felt like this was coming, hoping that the district would decide to prioritize our students and their futures,” said Eastin Elementary School Teacher Darlene Crittendon. Crittendon is planning to go on strike Monday.

Crittendon is one of the 585 New Haven Unified School District educators who will be fighting for a fair contract.

She says cost of living is going up and their paychecks are going down.

“A lot of teachers when they come here, they stay here. We work very hard. We want our children to have everything,” she said. “We want them to be able to experience everything and we want them to be able to be successful not only today but five years from now, ten years from now we want them to be able to take care of themselves and be successful.”

The New Haven Teachers Association and the district returned to the bargaining table Sunday, hoping to make a deal.

“If we got funded by the state a million dollars more than we projected, then the teachers our get another half a percent on the schedule and if it was two million, then the teachers would get a total of another full percent,” said district spokesman John Mattos.

The teachers are seeking a ten percent raise over the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.

The New Haven District includes 12 schools in Union City and Hayward.

The district says all schools will remain open during the strike. But Zuliana Esquibez will not be bringing her kids to school.

“I am keeping them home. They are not coming to school. I don’t think they’ll have enough substitute teachers,” Esquibez said.

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