WHO: United Teachers Los Angeles represents more than 33,000 LAUSD educators, including teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, therapists, substitutes, early childhood and adult teachers. They have been working without a contract for over one year. This strike authorization vote will allow the UTLA Board of Directors to call for a strike if one becomes necessary. Voting results are expected Aug. 31.
WHAT: After 17 months of fruitless bargaining, the California Public Employment Relations Board has declared we are at impasse with LAUSD. As UTLA demands that LAUSD stop stalling and get to mediation immediately, tens of thousands of LAUSD educators begin a strike authorization vote tomorrow that lasts through Aug. 30. UTLA has made it clear to LAUSD that we are ready and willing to meet for mediation on August 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, & 31. However, Supt. Austin Beutner and the district have basically ignored their legal and moral obligation to participate and refused to meet until September 27. Despite a $1.7 billion projected reserve, LAUSD refuses to make progress on key issues, including:
· Smaller class sizes
· Fair pay raise
· More nurses, counselors, psychologists, and librarians
· Less testing and more teaching
· Charter and co-location regulation
· Real support for school safety
· Community schools and support for families
· Greater stakeholder input to help magnet school conversions
· Expanded support for bilingual education
· Improved working conditions for early education and adult education teachers
Event Details: Teachers at Thomas Starr King Magnet Middle School will be casting their strike authorization votes after school. They will be available to give interviews in English and Spanish. The district has been giving out false information that UTLA opposes magnetization. UTLA does not oppose magnets. In fact, King MS is a successful school that, with the approval and input of educators, went all-magnet in 2013 and includes three on campus: Gifted Arts & Tech, Environmental STEAM and Film and Media magnets. These educators will be joined by parents who are supporting their fight for a fair contract. Visuals include: Educators, parents, exterior of school, handmade signs and ballots being cast.