Working without a contract for more than one year, our brothers and sisters in the Los Angeles Unified School District (some of whom are also LACCD adjunct faculty), have made the difficult decision to go on strike. The strike is now set for January 14.
Their demands for improved conditions in the K-12 system might sound familiar – we, too, want our students to benefit from lower class sizes and more support services (e.g., librarians and counselors).
Here’s what you can do to support UTLA teachers:
- Contact an LAUSD school site’s union rep/chapter chair to let them know you’ll be joining the picket line and to ask how else you can help. Wear red or an AFT1521 t-shirt.
- Call Superintendent Austin Beutner at 213-241-7000 and School Board President Monica Garcia at 213-241-6480 to insist that they spend a substantial portion of their surplus $1.9 billion to fully fund LAUSD schools.
- Post on social media that you are standing with educators and our school community: #strikeready #redfored #utlastrong
Besides showing support for our fellow union members, the Faculty Guild believes improvements at the K-12 level will benefit education for all and ultimately pave the way for students to be better prepared for success at the community college level.
UTLA is demanding that the LAUSD:
- Use its $1.9 billion in unrestricted reserves for smaller class sizes; for more nurses, counselors, and librarians; and to fully fund its schools
- Commit to more support for special education, early education, bilingual education, and adult education
- End the toxic over-testing of students
- Empower parent and educator voices at the school site with stronger Local School Leadership Councils
- Address the charter industry drain that siphons more than $600 million from schools every year
Join AFT 1521 in supporting the strike, along with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), along with people of conscience who believe in the worth and value of public education.
We experienced the powerful impact that tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters made at the march in downtown L.A. in December. Let’s show the LAUSD Board that we stand with our brothers and sisters in their demands for a fair contract and improved learning conditions for their students!