LAUSD Union Workers to Rally Downtown, Possibly Announce Strike

Amid stalled labor talks, hundreds, possibly thousands, of Los Angeles Unified School District unionized employees are expected to gather for a rally Wednesday in downtown’s Grand Park, and there is a possibility of announcing a plan for a strike that could force a multiple-day closure of district schools.

Service Employees International Union Local 99, which represents roughly 30,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants and other workers, will gather for the rally, joined by members of United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents the district’s teachers and others, totaling another roughly 30,000 workers.

Both unions are working to negotiate new labor pacts with the district, but those talks have been fruitless thus far. SEIU, which has declared an impasse in talks, announced plans earlier this month to cancel its existing contract, moving the union closer to a possible strike. UTLA followed suit a week later, and said its members would honor picket lines if SEIU called a strike.