December 28, 2018Press Release
UTLA statement on LAUSD hiring temporary employees
CONTACT: Anna Bakalis, UTLA Communications Director
(213) 305-9654 (c)
(213) 368-6247 (o)
United Teachers Los Angeles proudly represents more than 2,000 substitutes in our bargaining unit, and we are fighting for improvements for them and all of our members. More than 34,000 experienced educators are prepared to go on strike if we have to, including our substitute members. It is outrageously irresponsible for Supt. Austin Beutner to force this strike when the district holds $1.9 billion in reserves and it is even more irresponsible to think that 400 substitutes can educate more than 600,000 students. We believe that it is illegal for the district to hire people outside our bargaining unit to teach in LAUSD classrooms.
We are exploring all options to consider legal action to protect the work of UTLA substitutes. The people Beutner says he hired will never replace the hard-working LAUSD teachers and substitutes who have dedicated their lives to LAUSD, but it is consistent with the union-busting agenda of Beutner and the pro-charter majority of the LAUSD School Board.
UTLA, the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union local, represents more than 35,000 teachers and health & human services professionals who work in the Los Angeles Unified School District and in charter schools.