Anatomy of A Los Angeles Teacher Strike Part 1
That darned UTLA leadership! In a vain attempt to circumvent the Janus decision, teacher union officials are attempting to make the district (read taxpayers) pay for a new hire orientation session! The thinking seems to be, if you can’t force the teachers to support your radical agenda and political spending, try to get the taxpayers to do it!
Mike Antonucci outlines the planning United Teachers of Los Angeles union officials are considering for this coming October. While this may seem like a lot of advance to be thinking of a strike, there are underlying reasons, such a deep fear that the district is trying to “privatize” by creating more charter schools and a demand that the district provide the wherewithal for all new hires to attend at UTLA membership sales pitch.
The members of United Teachers Los Angeles have been working without a contract for 13 months. Last week the union declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the school district, the first step in a process that could ultimately lead to a teacher strike.
I don’t have a crystal ball, and I’m not party to any secret information that makes this a certainty, but every indication leads me to believe that UTLA will strike shortly after the first week of October.