Standing with Students, Parents & UTLA Strike-Ready Teachers

10/05/2018

With 1 voice representatives for 800,000 workers from 300 local unions in the LA County Federation of Labor unanimously voted to sanction a potential strike by Los Angeles Unified School District teachers represented by United Teachers Los Angeles. Votes were cast and counted on October 4, 2018.

UTLA is taking collective action to invest in students, reduce class size, improve safety, and fund our public schools.

  • LAUSD has some of the highest class sizes in the nation. Crowded classrooms have got to go!
  • With a student-to-counselor ratio of 945:1, and student-to-nurse ratio of 1,224:1, more school nurses, counselors, social workers, librarians and other staff are needed, as well as more educator input on school safety plans. Everyone at school should be safe!
  • Educators should have more discretion over what and when non-essential assessments are given. We need way more teaching, and less testing!
  • More $ for charter schools means less $ for neighborhood public schools. Fund our schools!
  • Our schools belong to our communities. LAUSD schools should meet the needs of those they serve by offering wrap-around services, culturally competent curricula, and parent engagement. Community schools bring students, parents, and teachers together!

UTLA represents 33,000 educators in LAUSD, and has been in bargaining with the District since April 2017. Because negotiations have not delivered a new agreement, LAUSD teachers have been working without a contract for over a year. In August, the bargaining team asked UTLA members to vote on escalating action “up to and including a strike.” 82 percent of our members cast ballots. 98 percent said they are prepared to strike.