What Los Angeles Teachers Won

Olson, Peter

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23485

A Los Angeles teacher's take on the successful strike.



When the 34,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) went on strike January 14 [2019], we knew we couldn't do it alone and we knew that it had to be about way more than a contract. We knew it couldn't just be a teacher's strike - it had to be a community strike.

That's why, at our school, we started our daily morning picket line meetings by passing the megaphone to the students and parents who had joined us to speak about their own reasons for participating....

Hence, the question of what kind of education LAUSD students receive is indisputably a matter of racial and economic justice. Inspired by the slogan of the Chicago Teachers Union and its movement allies, the LA strike comes out of years of preparation under the banner of "The Schools LA Students Deserve...."

By unambiguously aligning itself with students, parents and community, UTLA entered contract negotiations with LAUSD with a broad orientation to "bargain for the common good" rather than a narrow set of teacher-focused demands.

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