July 30, 2018News
Chapter chairs feel inspired by national teacher movements
One day after UTLA declared impasse in bargaining, hundreds of chapter leaders mobilized in downtown LA at our “All in for Respect” conference to plan escalating actions in our fight for a fair contract.
With the district not moving remotely in the right direction on pay, class size, increased staffing, overtesting, and other critical issues, chapter chairs tightened plans to hit the ground running when the school year starts, including holding critical chapter meetings on August 13 and an all-member strike vote beginning August 23.
State of the Union Address
The reality that we are not alone in our struggle was driven home by the parents, students, community members, and elected officials who joined us over the weekend. Chapter chairs took inspiration from teacher leaders in Puerto Rico and Arizona, who shared stories behind their successful strikes and the the concrete victories they won by hitting the picket lines.
Chapter chairs at the conference deepened the commitment to get schools strike ready, recognizing that we don’t want to strike but being ready to walk is our best shot at winning a contract agreement that respects educators and students and addresses the sustainability of our school district.
Saturday Panel: Voices from the Picket Line
Above, from left to right, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl, Mercedes Martinez, Puerto Rican Teachers Federation President, Joe Thomas, Arizona Education Association President and UTLA Secretary Arlene Inouye.