Antonucci: UTLA directs its members to boycott after-school faculty meetings for the month of May

The leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles have had many ambitious plans to create a teacher mass movement such as we have seen in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona. Almost two years ago, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl promised to “create a state crisis” in early 2018. His plan included a number of escalating steps that would ultimately “shock the system into investing in the civic institution of public education.”

His plan had a promising start with the passage of Proposition 55 in November 2016. It extended the temporary higher taxes on high-earning residents to fund schools that voters passed in 2012 as Proposition 30.

The next phases were much less successful.

UTLA wanted to win a majority on the Los Angeles school board in May 2017. It didn’t.

UTLA wanted coordinated bargaining with other large teacher unions in the state whose contracts were also expiring in June 2017. That didn’t happen.

UTLA wanted to lead a 2018 campaign to undercut the property tax limits in Proposition 13. That effort has been postponed until 2020.

But the union is nothing if not persistent. UTLA is engineering a new series of actions that it hopes will culminate in a strike authorization vote in September. Click here to read more: