LAUSD Strike Delayed
A walkout of 30,000 teachers at the nation’s second-largest school district has been delayed until Monday, giving the two sides more time to develop some sort of a compromise.
Despite no deal being reached between the Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles Wednesday, UTLA announced it would put off its planned Thursday strike until Monday. The reason: the possibility that a judge could rule it had not given the district enough notice.
LAUSD has sought an injunction to stop the strike on the grounds that it was not given a proper 10-day warning, as mandated by law. On Tuesday, a judge denied the union’s motion for a hearing. That hearing will take place today instead. Union representatives didn’t want to take a chance that their strike would be abruptly halted on legal grounds.
While the walkout may be postponed, the acrimony appears intense as ever.
“Unlike Beutner and his administration, we do not want to bring confusion and chaos into an already fluid situation,” UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said in a statement. “Although we believe we would ultimately prevail in court, for our members, our students, parents and the community, absent an agreement we will plan to strike on Monday.”
Recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has gotten involved in discussions between the two sides. There is now even talk about Gov. Gavin Newsom stepping in as a mediator.