When: Monday, Jan 14, 2019, (All day)

LAUSD schools districtwide

AFSCME District Council 36 supports the #UTLA strikeIt is a historic strike - the first one in three decades -- and it is about the future. In solidarity, a number of of us will be stopping by school sites to stand with the teachers. Most schools are picketing 7am - 9am and then again 2pm - 3pm. 

If you will be joining the picket lines and/or planning to keep your kids home from school, please let us know by emailing erica@afscme36.org.  If you live in the Valley, Council 36 has adopted the Diane Leichman Community High School in Reseda, and welcome all AFSCME members there, 7am-9am. Call 213 725 6503 for more information on this location only. Address19034 Gault St, Reseda, CA 91335

Background on the strike:  In August, UTLA members authorized a strike with an overwhelming 98% yes vote—the highest strike authorization approval since UTLA was founded in 1970. Yesterday, the UTLA Board of Directors officially authorized the union to call a strike.It will be the first UTLA walkout since 1989 and would  underscore that public education has reached its most decisive point in decades. Years of underfunding, the unregulated growth of the charter industry, and district neglect have starved our schools of necessary resources. More than 80% of LAUSD schools don’t have a full-time school nurse.
LAUSD has among the highest class sizes in California, a state that has among the highest average class sizes in the nation (California is 48th out of 50 states in student-to-teacher ratios). Overtesting of students is crowding out instruction in arts, music, ethnic studies, and science.

“As was demonstrated when more than 50,000 people marched through the streets of LA on December 15, if we strike, it will be a strike for our students, a strike with our parents, and a strike for educational and racial justice,” UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said.  Go to: https://www.utla.net/