LAUSD Teachers Plan to Move Forward With Strike

Teachers plan to hit the picket lines Monday after United Teachers Los Angeles leadership announced Sunday that no last-minute deal to avert a walkout had been reached.

United Teachers Los Angeles Secretary Arlene Inouye announces that no agreement had been reached to avert a teachers strike during a conference on Jan. 13, 2019.

United Teachers Los Angeles Secretary Arlene Inouye announces that no agreement had been reached to avert a teachers strike during a conference on Jan. 13, 2019.

"We have not received a proposal over the weekend, and we will be striking tomorrow," United Teachers Los Angeles Secretary Arlene Inouye said.

The union said Friday that it intended to strike on Monday, barring progress in negotiations over the weekend.

UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl laid the blame on LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. "He's deeply out of touch the needs of students and the community," Caputo-Pearl said.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl speaks at a conference on Jan. 13, 2019.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl speaks at a conference on Jan. 13, 2019.

"Over the weekend, we've heard nothing more from the District. We're in a battle for the soul of public education," the union president said.

"Let us be clear, teachers do not want to strike. Teacher's strike when they have no other recourse, when there is no other alternative. Packing up out classrooms Friday was shattering to many of our members,' Caputo-Pearl said.

But he added he saw no other choice.

"We are more convinced than ever that the District won't move without a strike," he said.

The LAUSD issued a statement stating that schools will be open, "providing every student with a safe and welcoming learning environment.

Instruction will continue and meals will be served during the strike, Disitrct officials said.  Early education centers will be open only to special-needs students, and state preschools will be closed.

"Los Angeles Unified did not want a strike and offered UTLA leaders a $565 million package to significantly reduce class sizes, add nearly 1,200 educators in schools, and provide all UTLA members with 6% salary raises," according to the LAUSD statement. "Los Angeles Unified remains committed to contract negotiations and will continue to work around the clock to find solutions to end the strike which will hurt students, families and communities most in need throughout Los Angeles."

A family hotline for parents and families with questions has been set up at 213-443-1300, according to the LAUSD.

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