Today BizFed joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) and Central City Association – Los Angeles (CCA) in submitting an open letter to Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent and the United Teachers of Los Angeles President urging both sides to come to a resolution without a strike.
BizFed is an organization that supports public policy that grows our regional economy, including improving K-12 education which surfaced as the #5 most critical issue facing business in this year’s #BizFedPulsePoll. We call for both LAUSD and UTLA to come to an agreement that treats teachers fairly while maintaining fiscal solvency for the district. If a strike occurs, it will harm students and their parents, many of whom are our employees and customers. When schools are closed due to strikes, students miss learning opportunities, parents must take days off from work, and our region is disrupted. Beyond hurting families, this strike will hurt our businesses and their ability to sustain and create new jobs.
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Make your voice heard on this timely issue facing our region!
Tell the Presidents of the LAUSD Board and UTLA to avoid a teacher strike.
Mr. Alex Caputo-Pearl
Employers care deeply for the strength and effectiveness of our K-12 educational systems. BizFed is aware of the labor negotiations occurring between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). We are concerned about the protracted timing and escalation of these negotiations and the impact on all students and their parents, many of whom are our employees and customers. BizFed urges LAUSD and UTLA to do everything you can to avoid a strike.
LAUSD is the largest public school district in the nation, serving over 730,000 students last year. It is the second largest employer in the County. UTLA represents non-administrative staff. Their membership represents 33,000 teachers.
Since April of 2017, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been negotiating teacher contracts with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). This past July, UTLA declared that no more un-mediated talks would result in a deal; LAUSD agreed. Items of dispute include several contract items: salaries, class sizes, special education caseloads, and staffing levels for counselors, deans, and nurses. LAUSD says the demands from UTLA would bankrupt the district; UTLA disagrees.
Recently, teachers in Los Angeles Unified schools have voted overwhelmingly to give leaders of their union permission to call a strike if contract talks fall apart. Leaders of UTLA still cannot legally call for a strike until completing state mediation.