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Antonucci: California Teachers Association will urge statewide ‘solidarity actions’ to support UTLA

Mike Antonucci | November 5, 2018

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Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report.

Last week, United Teachers Los Angeles shot down another district proposal to settle their years-long contract dispute. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl called the latest offer “insulting” and “anemic” and announced a major march and rally scheduled for Dec. 15.

UTLA has not made a counter-proposal since its “last, best and final offer” on July 24.

The date of the rally solidifies the belief that the inevitable strike will not occur until January, but probably very soon after the end of winter break. In further preparation of that day, UTLA and the Oakland Education Association, which is also in the midst of mediation, asked the California Teachers Association to “urge and support its locals to initiate solidarity actions” to assist UTLA and Oakland EA. The union’s state council approved the request at the end of October.

Most teacher contracts ban “sympathy strikes,” so any labor actions in other parts of the state will likely be limited in scope. Wearing red clothing or holding teacher “walk-ins” were two suggested activities.

So far, there is no indication that CTA will itself organize any protests or rallies, but the state union has committed itself to help coordinate the efforts of any locals that want to do so.

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