Arizona Gov. Ducey Rejects Teachers’ Demand for 20 Percent Wage Increase

Arizona Educators United Demands Wage Increase
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey rejected the demand of teachers to give them a 20% wage increase.

The Arizona Educators United have been protesting this month and asking the governor for a better salary. On Wednesday, the organization held a huge rally at the state Capitol.

During the protests, the leaders of the Arizona Educators United requested the Legislature for a 20% wage increase. They also demanded more investments in education. Teachers talked about their current situation that their wages are no longer sufficient and they are forced to work multiple jobs.

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In addition, they threatened to strike if that’s what it takes to compel Gov. Ducey and the Legislature to listen to their concern and take action.

Dylan Wegela, organizer of the Arizona Educators United, said, “We will do everything in our power to avoid a strike. This is because as educators, we know we are willing to put kids first even when the state won’t.”

“Governor Ducey, Legislature — the last thing that any of us want to do is go on strike, but if we have to, we will,” added Wegela.

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