LAUSD, Teachers’ Union Head To Mediation

With the union representing Los Angeles Unified School District teachers flatly rejecting the district’s latest contract offer, the two sides will begin meeting with a state mediator Thursday in hopes of averting the first L.A. teachers’ walkout since 1989.

On Tuesday night, the district updated its contract offer to United Teachers Los Angeles, with Superintendent Austin Beutner saying the proposal includes a 6 percent pay raise over two years and class-size reductions at 15 middle schools and 75 elementary schools determined to have the “highest need.”

“Today’s offer to L.A. Unified’s teachers shows our commitment to helping students most in need,” Beutner said. “Our offer creates a pathway for L.A. Unified and UTLA to avoid a strike that would hurt L.A.’s most vulnerable students and families.”

UTLA, however, called the proposal “insulting” and a “stunning example of disrespect” to its 33,000 members. The union criticized the district for sending the contract proposal to the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets before sharing it with the union.

“Beutner’s proposal does nothing to make our schools better,” said Arlene Inouye, chair of the union’s bargaining team. “This is an insult to our members, to our students and to our parents. This stunt reveals he is more interested in fighting against educators at any cost than saving our school district.” Click here to read more: