Question on Timing of Possible Teachers’ Strike Arises as Negotiations Between LAUSD and Union Continue

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A last-ditch bargaining effort to avert a Los Angeles teachers’ strike fell short Monday, although the two sides have agreed to meet again on Wednesday morning, the day before a strike is scheduled to begin.

Whether the strike begins on schedule on Thursday could depend on legal maneuvers that will play out on Tuesday. At issue is whether the union gave a legally required notice of 10 days that its members would no longer be working under the existing contract.

The current contract expired at the end of June 2017, but union members continued to work under its provisions as negotiations continued for more than 20 months.

The school district may argue in court, inside sources said, that the union did not provide the required notice until Jan. 3. While that would be an argument over a legal technicality, it might be enforceable nonetheless.

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