Los Angeles Teachers Take First Step Toward Strike

After contract negotiations between the Los Angeles teachers’ union and the school district reached an impasse, the union announced it will conduct a strike authorization vote from Aug. 23 to 30.

The Los Angeles Unified school district and the United Teachers Los Angeles have been negotiating a new contract for more than 16 months. On Aug. 3, the California Public Employees Relations Board confirmed that negotiations were in a deadlock. A state mediator has been appointed.

In the meantime, the union is threatening, and preparing for, a strike. While a strike authorization vote would not automatically mean that teachers will head to the picket line, it would give union leaders the authority to call a strike if needed. It’s a common tactic by unions to pressure the district during tense contract negotiations.

“While we move forward with a state mediator, and continue to try to reach an agreement with the district—one that respects students, educators, and the community—we also must mobilize our members for a strike, if one becomes necessary,” said Arlene Inouye, the chairwoman of the UTLA bargaining team, in a statement. Click here to read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2018/08/los_angeles_teachers_strike_vote.html