LAUSD Teachers picketed at local schools before school started this morning, but were in their classrooms in time for the start of school. We stopped by John Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park this morning, where many teachers gathered to protest the current lack of a contract, among other concerns. (The Buzz also heard about other local teacher protests at Wilshire Crest Elementary and Fairfax High School.)
According to a spokesman for United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), it has been almost four months since the contract between LAUSD and UTLA members expired, leaving 30,000 LAUSD educators vulnerable in the midst of record-high inflation and a housing crisis.
UTLA members held a press conference at Bravo Medical Magnet High School early this morning to demand the district bargain on core demands in good faith, provide transparency regarding district vacancies, and commit to competitive salaries and healthy working conditions to attract and retain educators in LAUSD. The union, whose members include teachers, librarians and counselors, say they have been covering classes during their planning periods and lunch breaks, and providing instruction for subjects and grade levels outside their immediate expertise to mitigate the staff shortages.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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