RETIRED & STRIKING FOR JUSTICE

Above, UTLA-R Secretary and retired LAUSD teacher, Susie Chow, walks the line during the teachers' strike in  January 2019 at Robert Hill Lane EL. Chow (in blue) also walked the line in '89.

 

Above, retired UTLA Elementary Vice President Mike Dreebin, his wife Monin, also a retired teacher, and their union dog Auchie at Mar Vista Elementary school during the strike in January 2019.

 

Stories from the line

LISA EDMONDSON
Walked at Palms ES

Retired teacher Lisa Edmondson

Comparing 1989 to present I could not believe the momentous changes in how a strike is organized! The air literally shimmered with energy, rain and all! Congeniality all around. Fighting for justice and for education is exhilarating!

CARRIE MORITA
Walked at Eagle Rock EL & Rallies

On right, retired teacher Carrie Morita holds yellow sign.

I have been retired from Eagle Rock Elementary School for 8 years. I taught there for 34 years while my first two years were at Micheltorena Elementary. I walked the line in '89 and know that if we stand up and speak out "together" by walking out together then we will be heard. 

Q:  What were your experiences like? 

A vintage button from the 1989 Los Angeles teachers' strike. Red, white and blue that says in the middle I'll Walk the Line in 1989.

A:  Invigorating! Exciting! Carried my teacher strike poster in the Women's Day March.

 

CFT strike coverage series

UTLA retirees link 'Class of 2019' to 1989 and 1970 walkouts

SIX DAYS THAT SHOOK LOS ANGELES – PART 3

By Steve Weingarten, CFT Reporter | cft.org

A retired member supporting the UTLA teachers' strike in January 2019.

During the strike, hundreds of retired L.A. teachers returned to their former schools to continue the fight for public education. One veteran of the two previous strikes said back then UTLA was up against an intransigent district, but didn’t have to face billionaires and unrestrained charter school growth.

UTLA-Retired is now mobilizing all its 4,300 members for the special election in March to fill a key seat on the LAUSD school board and tilt the balance away from a pro-charter majority. 

John Perez cut his union teeth when he was 23 years old. It was 1970 and Perez was a probationary teacher at Roosevelt High when a fledgling United Teachers Los Angeles shut down L.A. Unified schools for 23 days.

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ABOUT THE COMMITTEE

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This UTLA-R committee serves as the representative body for those certificated employees of LAUSD who have retired. They:

  • Work through UTLA to improve the welfare of public education and retired teachers.
  • Secure for retired teachers their deserved status among America's professionals.
  • Provide a vehicle for unified action in concert with other organizations to represent and monitor concerns of retired teachers.

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Meetings at a Glance

Steering Committee meets during the day before the House 

The UTLA-R Steering Committee meets the same day as the UTLA House of Representatives at 1:30 p.m. in Room 816.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019

 

UTLA-R General Assembly

The UTLA-R General Assembly meets four Friday mornings each year in the second floor auditorium of the UTLA Building.

A calendar list of retired committee meetings >>

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UTLA-Retired Member Benefits

Membership in UTLA-R brings you continued:

  • Mailing of the monthly United Teacher newspaper,
  • Benefits from your UTLA Membership Card,
  • Representation in the UTLA Board of Directors and the UTLA House of Representatives, and
  • Participation in UTLA-R elections and activities, political representation in Sacramento, and additional benefits. 

There are also four UTLA-R General Assembly meetings each year for members to get updates and information on Health Benefits, STRS, and other important issues.

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UTLA-R Membership

UTLA membership does not automatically continue into retirement. If you have not already done so, you should join UTLA-Retired at the very nominal investment of $2.38 per month deducted from your STRS pension. 

Mailing Address 
UTLA
Attn: Membership Department
3303 Wilshire Blvd., 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Contact Membership
Membership Phone: 800.556.8852
Membership Fax: 213.637.5161
membership@utla.net

Retired Members

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UTLA-R News

If you do not already receive UTLA-R News updates, please send an email to Bruce Lee at utla-r@roadrunner.com.

Also, look for the Retirees' Corner column in the United Teacher United Teacher Newspaper

2019

Retired Newsletter February-March 2019
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Retired Newsletter December-January 2019
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2018

Retired newsletter October-November 2018
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Retired Newsletter August-September 2018
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Retired Newsletter April-May 2018
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Retired Newsletter February-March 2018
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Retired Newsletter Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018
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2017

Retired Newsletter October-November 2017
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Retired Newsletter August-September 2017
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Retired Newsletter April-May 2017
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Retired Newsletter February-March 2017
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Retired Newsletter Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017 (corrects earlier version 012617)
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2016

Retired Newsletter October-November 2016
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Retired Newsletter August-September 2016
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Retired Newsletter June-July 2016
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Retired Newsletter April-May 2016
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Retired Newsletter Feb.-March 2016
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Retired Newsletter Dec.-Jan. 2016
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Contact UTLA-R Committee

Our officers and other Steering Committee members are unpaid and elected by the membership to represent you. Their job is to act on your concerns on the will of the membership. They are dedicated to improving retiree health benefits, protecting and improving state benefits and promoting the welfare of UTLA retirees. 

Additional UTLA-R Volunteers (not on UTLA-R Steering Committee)

  •  UTLA-R Email Messenger: Bruce Lee, utla-r@roadrunner.com
  •  Historian: Iris Edinger
  •  General Assembly Meeting Refreshment Coordinator: Tomas Junge