L.A. Teachers Proceeding With Monday Strike Plan

Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district will go on strike as soon as Jan. 10 if there's no settlement of its long-running contract dispute, union leaders said Wednesday, Dec. 19. The announcement by United Teachers Los Angeles threatens the first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District in nearly 30 years and follows about 20 months of negotiations. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) ORG XMIT: CADD303

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Without any new proposals from Los Angeles Unified School District officials coming over the weekend, the union representing 34,000 district educators is moving forward with a strike set for Monday morning, Jan. 14.

Calling the offer on Friday by district officials unacceptable, Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles president, said the union was engaged in a “battle for the soul of education” at a news conference Sunday afternoon at union headquarters near downtown Los Angeles.

“We are more convinced than ever that the district won’t move without a strike,” Caputo-Pearl said as he was flanked by roughly two dozen teachers, parents and students.

“Let’s be clear, teachers do not want a strike. Teachers strike when they have no other recourse,” he said.

Union leaders illustrated four demands that remained unresolved Sunday. They included a cap on class sizes, providing a full-time nurse in every school, reforming co-location policies and improving special education. …

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  1. The very first problem that need’s to be taken care of, “No more unions for Government employees)! The Pay for Work Protection ranks right along with a couple of the oldest professions, politics being one and most of you know what the other one is. Government worker protection rackets in Cali were designed to fill the coffers of the politicians and the Union “Organizers” off the backs of the public taxes paid to State employees, nothing more and nothing less. The more state employees, the more control over State politics and spending. One thing you can count on no matter the outcome of this strike, the children will still be on the bottom rungs of education as opposed to the Nation as a whole.

  2. Perhaps they can succeed at striking, they sure suck at teaching.

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