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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Los Angeles Teachers Set To Strike Monday!-On Strike-Victory To The Teachers
Tomorrow the second biggest teachers union in the country, United Teachers of Los Angeles, is set to go on strike. LA teachers have been without a contract for over 2 years as LAUSD has carried on an aggressive program of privatization, starving public schools to drive students to charter schools. LAUSD has not budged in negotiations to accept UTLA's demands of a lowered class sizes, increased support services at schools, increased salary, an end to the charterization of education, and more.
After the 2018 teachers strikes in West Virginia and other states, this struggle has the potential to capture the imagination of the nation and inspire further fightback.
"If UTLA does strike it will be a major event for working people across the country as teachers are poised to shut down schools in the nation’s 2nd largest school district. Teachers everywhere would be encouraged to fight for smaller class sizes, funding for classrooms, and living wages in a continuation of the #RedForEd movement.”
“Despite California’s enormous wealth, the state ranks 43 out of 50 in per-pupil spending. The California economy taken separately from the whole of the United States is the fifth largest economy in the world. Furthermore, stagnant teacher salaries combined with the skyrocketing cost of living in Los Angeles have led to a teacher shortage, causing a ripple effect of instability throughout the school district.”