Picket signs are unloaded as teachers launch strike in New Haven Unified district

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New Haven Unified Teachers Launch Strike

12 Schools Affected in Union City, Hayward

KCBS Radio Morning News
May 20, 2019 - 7:22 am

UNION CITY (KCBS Radio) -- Teachers launched a strike Monday morning against the New Haven Unified Schoo, District, which operates a dozen campuses  in Union City and Hayward.

The New Haven Teachers Association is demanding a 10 percent raise over a two-year period, while the school district's offer was for less than half that.

New Haven Superintendent Arland Smith said in a statement, "“The NHTA Bargaining Team’s last, best, and final offer of a 10% on-the-schedule raise over two years would bankrupt New Haven, lead to negative certification and a possible state takeover."

The district intends to keep schools open during the strike, which involves nearly 600 teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists and speech therapists.

The New Haven strike is the latest  labor showdown in California public schools this year, following walkouts in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.