L.A. teachers authorize strike as tensions rise

Members of the Los Angeles teachers union have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, the union announced Friday.

Tensions continue to build over contract negotiations, with the union and school district lately accusing each other of acting illegally.

A strike authorization does not mean that a strike will occur, but it gives the union’s board of directors the power to call a walkout without returning to the membership for approval. The authorization was expected; the main unknown was the size of the mandate — and it was considerable, which was widely expected.

About 81% of teachers cast ballots. Of those, 98% voted for the authorization, according to preliminary totals. Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-teachers-strike-authorization-20180831-story.html