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Oakland teachers begin strike over wages

Teachers and students hold signs as they protest during a one-day strike outside of Oakland High School April 29, 2010 in Oakland, California.
Teachers and students hold signs as they protest during a one-day strike outside of Oakland High School in 2010 in Oakland, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Teachers in Oakland began a strike Thursday morning, joining Los Angeles and Denver among major U.S. cities that have seen teachers' strikes in recent months, reports the East Bay Times.

The big picture: The teachers are demanding a 12% raise over the next 3 years, citing the Bay Area's sky-high cost of living, and rejected Oakland Unified School District's last offer of an 8.5% raise over 4 years. The district argues that it simply can't meet the teachers' salary demand as it already faces a budget shortfall of more than $50 million by the 2020-2021 school year.

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