Analysis: As schools close for 3-day walkout, could L.A. strike accelerate learning loss?
The vast majority of Los Angeles Unified School District employees will not be at work for most of this week, leading to the closure of schools. SEIU Local 99, which represents 30,000 support workers, called a strike because of what it calls unfair labor practices by the district. United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents 32,000...
By Mike Antonucci | March 21, 2023
Analysis: California teachers unions spending at least $2.8 million on school board elections this year
The political action committee of the California Teachers Association is making a heavy financial commitment to endorsed school board candidates in the state, with LA Unified candidate Rocio Rivas its largest beneficiary. The CTA/ABC statewide PAC funds candidates for all state and legislative offices, but it also provides the bulk of campaign contributions for local...
By Mike Antonucci | November 7, 2022
Analysis: California Teachers Union expects to lose 4,000 members, gain $2.3M
It has been the best of times and the worst of times for the California Teachers Association. When the COVID crisis hit, the union received a bunch of protections from the governor and the legislature, including a layoff ban and funding based on pre-COVID enrollment levels. Most districts kept schools closed until fall 2021, in...
By Mike Antonucci | June 28, 2022
Analysis: The Clovis, California, faculty senate is a model of nonunion representation. The state teachers union is looking to change that
For the last 45 years, teachers unions have been the predominant political force in California, using their clout from the governor’s office down to the state’s 1,037 school districts. Except for one: the Clovis Unified School District, just north of Fresno. While there are a number of tiny districts in California without a teachers union,...
By Mike Antonucci | April 22, 2021
Analysis: California’s state budget has big benefits for teachers union, stifles charter schools and funds phantom students
Students of civics might think the California state budget is crafted by the elected representatives of the citizenry, who debate and amend proposals working their way through various committees, ultimately leading to a spending plan with majority support and the signature of the governor. All that happens, of course, but no budget makes it to...
By Mike Antonucci | August 10, 2020
Analysis: National Education Association abruptly endorses Joe Biden, angering Sanders supporters
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears most Wednesdays; see the full archive. The National Education Association finally threw its weight into the Democratic presidential primaries, announcing Saturday night that it recommended Joe Biden for the nomination. A Biden endorsement is hardly a surprise; he is an establishment candidate, and NEA is a major player in the...
By Mike Antonucci | March 17, 2020
Analysis: Teacher unions in Oakland and Richmond join United Teachers Los Angeles in endorsing Bernie Sanders
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Two Bay Area teacher union locals followed the lead of United Teachers Los Angeles and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. The Oakland Education Association (2,605 active members) and United Teachers of Richmond (1,666 active members) issued...
By Mike Antonucci | February 12, 2020
Analysis: Who will run UTLA next? A rundown of the candidates, and what sets them apart (or doesn’t)
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. It’s election season — not just for America’s political parties, but for United Teachers Los Angeles. The union mailed ballots to members this week. They will vote by mail or online, with the results to be tabulated Feb. 28. Active members will choose the UTLA...
By Mike Antonucci | February 5, 2020
Analysis: The California Teachers Association claims 310,000 members. Here’s the breakdown for every local affiliate
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association is “310,000 members strong,” according to its website. But it’s difficult to track that number over time, or assess its impact on California school districts, because our only sources of information have been the union’s public pronouncements. Until now. Culled from figures...
By Mike Antonucci | January 29, 2020
Analysis: The CTA really wants the split-roll property tax initiative on the ballot. Union members don’t seem so enthused
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association has made the passage of a split-roll property tax initiative its top priority for 2020, allocating an initial investment of $6 million for the campaign. But three months into signature-gathering to place the measure on the November ballot, the union is...
By Mike Antonucci | January 22, 2020