Despite heat, protestors show up to fight ongoing salary negotiations

Published: Jul. 26, 2016 at 11:49 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2016 at 12:22 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hundreds of protestors showed up outside Van Hoose Education Center to protest ongoing salary negotiations for teachers Tuesday afternoon.

Protestors chanted "honor the contract," and could be heard from inside work sessions as board members worked to discuss the code of conduct and several other items.

Jefferson County Teacher's Association leaders said, "the district administration's proposals continue to violate the law because they still do not include experience step increases that teachers have earned through their year of service in 2015-2016."

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Despite the protest, several protestors said the tension between school system leaders and the union is not the way they hoped to start out the school year.

"Well it's not the way to start the school year teachers already feel beat down they're supposed to be excited to be back with their kids and they are going to be excited at the end of the day if they don't have what they need. At the end of the day if they don't have what they need to live it's frustrating," retired teacher Royce Whitman said.

JCPS students start school on Aug. 10.

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