The members of United Teachers Los Angeles — UTLA — went on strike today. They are protesting the lack of a ratified contract after a year and a half of negotiations. Key issues for the union include staffing levels for nurses, librarians, counselors, social workers and deans; special education caseloads; class sizes; and salaries.
Statement by MTA President Merrie Najimy in Support of UTLA
Today, I and many others stand in solidarity with the educators of Los Angeles. We strongly support their right to go on strike to stand up for their values, for their beliefs, and for quality public schools for all. The striking educators are defending not only their own interests, but the interests of their students and community. Their fight is our fight. It represents a rejection of the austerity policies that have starved our schools of resources, and a pushback against the privatization of public education.