Teachers Strike Looms in LA After Third Day of Failed Progress

A third day of mediation efforts between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers’ union failed to produce a labor agreement Friday, moving the stalemate into a fact-finding period and one step closer to the district’s first teacher strike since 1989.

Members of United Teachers Los Angeles have already overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike if mediation efforts fail. Two previous mediation sessions have failed to bring any resolution to the stalemate in talks. The union represents about 33,000 district teachers.

While last week’s mediation session was being conducted, the union held a news conference to lash out at LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, accusing him of holding high-dollar meetings at ritzy Southland restaurants with charter-school advocates and operators.

Union officials said Beutner’s calendar revealed 34 meetings at restaurants during the four-month period, compared to 29 visits to school campuses. Beutner “must explain to the public why he was at these expensive restaurants and clubs during school hours,” teacher Victoria Casas said at the news conference at UTLA headquarters.

A key union demand in contract talks is for stepped-up accountability for district charter schools. Click here to read more: https://mynewsla.com/education/2018/10/12/teachers-strike-looms-in-la-after-third-day-of-failed-progress/