L.A. Teachers’ Union to Shut Down Schools in 3-day Strike

The Los Angeles Teachers Union (UTLA), the union that represents teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), announced Tuesday that it will join a three-day strike next week, to close schools.

to update: UTLA will strike in solidarity with SEIU Local 99, as local ABC affiliate KABC-7 mentioned:

SEIU Local 99, which represents about 30,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers, guardians, special education aides and other workers, says it is deadlocked in negotiations with Los Angeles Unified and will go on strike starting Tuesday.

And the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, which is in its own negotiations, plans to honor SEIU’s work by striking as well.

The two unions, together, will shut down the schools).

the Los Angeles Times mentioned:

Union leaders announced Wednesday during a massive rally downtown organized by the area’s two largest employee groups that a three-day strike is set to begin and close public schools in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Schools Supt. Alberto Carvalho on Wednesday urged union leadership to negotiate “around the clock” to avoid the strike, which he said would harm more than 420,000 students trying to recover academically and emotionally from the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing them to distance learning for more information. from a year.

teachers demanding Increase in wages – in addition to private funding directed specifically at black students and support for low-income housing.

UTLA staged another strike in 2019, keeping schools across the city closed — and working parents out of work — for days before agreeing to a modest 6% wage increase (which today would be below the pace of inflation).

The union also supported the Black Lives Matter movement and demanded defunding of the Los Angeles School Police Department, which protects children from gang violence and possible mass shootings. School board members eventually agreed to cut a third of the police force and redirect funding toward programs for black students.

In 2021, UTLA opposed the state’s plan to reopen schools after coronavirus shutdowns, calling the idea “structural racism”.

LAUSD is the second largest school district in the country. They include a few highly regarded centers of excellence and independent schools – and a wide range of underperforming and failing schools.

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This article has been updated.

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