October 11, 2017Action
Above, special education teacher at Miguel Contreras LC, and UTLA member, Aprille Abram, spoke about the need for dependent healthcare coverage and how it saved her family from complete financial devastation.
Today, before the first bell, hundreds of members picketed outside theirs schools sites, not only at Miguel Contreras HS but all across the district as healthcare negotiations with LAUSD intensify and word of potential benefit cuts spread.
The district is threatening to cut employee healthcare coverage as part of a budgetary measure to cut its spending amid declining enrollment and rising operating costs.
We are fighting for:
- Lower class sizes & additional staff for our students
- Fair salary increase
- Our healthcare
- $20,000 per pupil by 2020
- Common good proposals, including affordable housing, early ed programs, more green space, and immigrant rights
The district wants to:
- Maintain high class sizes that harm student learning
- Give educators an unacceptable 2% “one-time bonus”
- Cut our healthcare
- Continue overtesting
- Deny educator and parent voice
#utlapicket4power | #schoolslastudentsdeserve
Teachers at Valley Academy for Arts & Sciences sent a message today during the #utlapicket4power about what our students need ... less testing, more funding, more ethnic studies & dual language, more counselors ... we can do it if we prioritize public education and invest in our schools. #schoolslastudentsdeserve #wearepublicschools