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Proposed pay gains not enough for OK teachers union (EDITORIAL)

Proposed pay gains not enough for OK teachers union (EDITORIAL)

NewsOK
by The Oklahoman Editorial Board  
Published: March 28, 2018 12:00 AM CDT
Updated: March 28, 2018 12:00 AM CDT

THE Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives did what many thought it might never do — pass tax increases — as a way to provide Oklahoma teachers with raises averaging $6,000. Unsurprisingly, this may still be unsuitable to the state's largest teachers' union.

The Oklahoma Education Association tweeted Monday night that a walkout next week would go forward as planned, because, “Our ask is still our ask.”

The OEA, which just six weeks ago was begging lawmakers to approve the Step Up Oklahoma plan that included $5,000 teacher pay raises, wants pay hikes of $6,000 this year, and $10,000 in three years, for all teachers. It also wants pay raises for support personnel and state workers, and additional $200 million for other common education uses, and revenue for state health care entities. The price tag is an additional $1.4 billion annually within three years... FULL ARTICLE

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