Teachers Union in L.A. Schedules Strike Authorization Vote After Negotiation Talks Deadlock

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Thousands of teachers from the L.A. area fill Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles in late May 2018, attending a rally for better pay and working conditions.(Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Thousands of teachers from the L.A. area fill Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles in late May 2018, attending a rally for better pay and working conditions.(Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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The Los Angeles teachers union announced Friday that it has scheduled a strike-authorization vote for later this month.

A strike would not be automatic, even if a majority of members vote yes. But such a result would give union leaders the authority to call a strike without returning to members for another vote. Having members authorize a strike is a well-established pressure tactic, and once in a while, a strike does occur.

United Teachers Los Angeles scheduled the vote after the state’s Public Employment Relations Board agreed with the union that talks were deadlocked.

Other district employee unions have reached deals that provide for about a 6% raise over three years. L.A. Unified has yet to offer that much to teachers, but that’s clearly where officials want to end up.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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