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USLos Angeles teachers strike still on as impasse declared

04:30  12 january  2019
04:30  12 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Los Angeles teachers prepare for Monday strike

Los Angeles teachers prepare for Monday strike The walkout will be the first for the school district in three decades as negotiators fail to reach a deal on salaries, class sizes and hiring more staff.

Tensions over union contract negotiations with Los Angeles Unified School District, mounting since United Teachers Los Angeles announced its intention earlier in December to call a Jan. 10 strike , reached dramatic heights this week as both sides emerged Monday from a seven-hour meeting with

United Teachers of Los Angeles , the union representing about 30,000 teachers , has demanded pay raises. In preparation, the school board has loosened requirements for parent volunteers and contracted with a company that could furnish substitute teachers en masse if the strike goes on , as

Los Angeles teachers strike still on as impasse declared© The Associated Press Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner talks to reporters during a news conference at the LAUSD headquarters, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. The union representing teachers in Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest school district, postponed the start of a strike until Monday because of the possibility of a court-ordered delay of a walkout. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles is still planned for Monday after a union rejected a new offer from the nation's second-largest school district and declared an impasse following 21 months of increasingly heated negotiations.

Los Angeles mayor working to restart stalled talks in teachers strike - union president

Los Angeles mayor working to restart stalled talks in teachers strike - union president USA-EDUCATION/LOS ANGELES-TALKS (URGENT):Los Angeles mayor working to restart stalled talks in teachers strike - union president

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District have taken their first formal step toward a possible strike in the coming school year. A strike is still a ways off. The union's declaration of an impasse now gets a state labor relations board involved and could start a weeks- or months-long process of

Leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles recently announced their members will walk off the job in the coming days unless they reach an agreement on a For its part, the district believes UTLA leaders have had their sights set on a strike from the beginning. Why is this war of words escalating so quickly?

After hours of new talks Friday, the union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that the new offer was "woefully inadequate."

The district's offer, unveiled Friday, included adding nearly 1,200 teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians to schools, reducing class sizes by two students, and capping class sizes to between 32 and 39 students, depending on age and curriculum.

The offer also included the district's previously proposed 6 percent salary increase over the first two years of a three-year contract.

The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, wants a 6.5 percent hike that would take effect all at once and be retroactive to fiscal 2017. Union officials said some of the district's proposals would expire after a year, calling it disrespectful.

$30K raised in GoFundMe to give free tacos to LA teachers on strike

$30K raised in GoFundMe to give free tacos to LA teachers on strike A GoFundMe fundraising effort called "Tacos for Teachers" has raised nearly $30,000 to send taco trucks to the picket lines at schools in Los Angles to feed teachers who are striking following months of failed negotiations over class sizes, pay raises and school staffing. The International Socialist Organization and Democratic Socialists of America organized the effort that has so far exceeded its $15,000 goal with $28,860 raised in the past 12 days as of Wednesday afternoon. According to CNN, the effort aims to feed nearly 38,000 teachers and staff members that are striking.

The Los Angeles teachers union says it will go on strike Jan. A labor agreement is not the only thing dividing the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers . One missing element crucial to coming together on a contract deal — and averting a strike — is trust.

As leaders of Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles remain locked in an impasse over a new contract, the district has hired hundreds of substitute staffers to replace picketing educators in the event of a potential strike come Jan. 10. But the move has sparked outrage

The union also complained that its members had to learn about the offer not directly from Superintendent Austin Beutner, but on local television as it was aired live during a surprise news conference.

Union President Alex Caputo-Pearl called it bad-faith bargaining by a "corporate downsizer not used to dealing with the public."

"We are at impasse," he said. "If the district has a proposal for us that is demonstrably different between now and Monday they can send that to us and we will consider it. But short of a surprise like that, get ready, because on Monday, we will be on strike."

During his explanation of the district's new offer, Beutner said he was formally asking Gov. Gavin Newsom for help negotiating the contract dispute.

"We need his help to resolve this," he said. "We'd like the governor to step in, bring the parties together, keep us in a room, lock the door and throw away the key if he has to, so we can reach a resolution."

With no new talks, LA teacher strike all but inevitable

With no new talks, LA teacher strike all but inevitable Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers are planning to strike Monday. With no new talks scheduled, pickets are likely to begin at 7 a.m. The LA Unified School District's last offer was for a 6 percent salary increase over the first two years of a three-year contract. The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, wants a 6.5 percent hike that would take effect all at once and be retroactive to fiscal 2017. Union officials said some of the district's proposals would expire after a year, calling it disrespectful. "We are at an impasse," union president Alex Caputo-Pearl said Friday.

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times). A Los Angeles teachers ’ strike is scheduled to begin Thursday, but whether it does depends on unrelated L . A . Unified students came back from winter break on Monday. That day, negotiating teams from the teachers union and the district met to try to

Thousands of teachers in Los Angeles , the second-largest school system in the U.S., are poised to go out on strike in a reprise of the wave of school work stoppages that affected a number of U.S. states last year. Barring an eleventh hour end to the contract dispute, more than 30,000 educators could stay

Spokespeople at the governor's office didn't respond to an email seeking comment.

Much of the bad blood between the district and the union centers around Beutner himself. The investment banker and former Los Angeles deputy mayor took the job last year without any experience in education.

The union argues that Beutner is trying to privatize the district, encouraging school closures and flipping public schools into charter schools. Charters are privately operated public schools that compete with the school system for students and the funds they bring in.

Beutner has said his plan to reorganize the district would improve services to students and families.

The teachers are tapping into a shift in public sentiment that supports better wages for educators that came with a "Red4Ed" movement that began last year in West Virginia, where a strike resulted in a raise. The movement spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona and Washington state.

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Most teachers are barred from striking. LA teachers are an exception..
Analysis: Most states don't allow public employees to strike. California is only one of 12 states that explicitly allows teachers to walk off the job.

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