A few days ago, LA School Report ran a story about a 2016 dues increase for United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) members.
United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing the city’s 30,000 teachers, spent nearly two years in fruitless negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District culminating with a week-long strike that finally ended on Jan. 22.
Emboldened by the recent UTLA strike, the Oakland Education Association (OEA) is planning its own strike within the next two weeks. Once a strike vote has been passed, which could happen as soon as this coming Monday, Oakland teachers will abandon their classrooms and take to the streets.
With the union representing Los Angeles teachers finally agreeing to a new three-year contract with the school district, those who’ll actually be picking up the tab for it are getting their first look at the finished product.
More than 30,000 teachers have walked out of classrooms and are striking for the first time in three decades, disrupting the education of more than half a million K-12 students and the lives of their families.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, United Teachers Los Angeles has voted to authorize a teacher strike. The 650,000 students of the nation’s second-largest school district will not be in class during a time where student outcomes are plummeting.