UTLA election winners still awaiting review of challenges
The UTLA election winners are still waiting for the fat lady to sing. Since Alex Caputo-Pearl was declared the winner as president and two other races were clarified though the second round of voting last week, the union’s election committee is now in the midst of hearing 15 challenges from competition for 22 positions. Hearings...
By Michael Janofsky | May 5, 2014
Deasy says principal who ok’d campaign leave was disciplined
LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy said a principal who gave Alex Caputo-Pearl permission to take unpaid time off to campaign for president of the teachers union, UTLA, has been disciplined. The action came in response to accusations that the leave, a violation of district’s contract with UTLA, provided Caputo-Pearl an unfair advantage over other candidates...
By Michael Janofsky | March 14, 2014
In race to run powerful teachers union: ideology up for grabs
As campaigning begins in earnest at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the second-largest teachers union in the country, the election for the presidency could be as much about ideology as which candidate has more foot-soldiers. The union has shown signs of deep fracture lately, and with just 20 percent of the union’s 35,000 members expected...
By Vanessa Romo | February 11, 2014
UTLA schedules two forums for president candidates
The United Teachers Los Angeles has announced two additional forums with candidates for president, one at Monroe High School on February 18 and the other two days later at UTLA headquarters. Eight of the 10 candidates faced off in a debate that resulted in at least one consensus: the current state of the union is fractured and plagued with in-fighting. Though fewer...
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UTLA calls do-over for elections over unpaid union dues
UTLA is making sure no deadbeats hold leadership positions in the teachers union. While it seems like common sense — if you want to run for a union office, make sure your dues are up-to-date — some candidates might not have gotten the message. The teachers union’s board of directors discovered in December that a...
By Vanessa Romo | January 6, 2014
Caputo-Pearl Kicks Off Money Drive for Union Presidency
The first step of running for office is raising money, and the UTLA Presidential election is no exception. In an email to would-be supporters this week, candidate Alex Caputo-Pearl set a fundraising goal of $100,000 by the end of the year for his slate of seven candidates, dubbed “Union Power.” “The Union Power slate has the...
By Hillel Aron | October 4, 2013