Progress in bargaining: LAUSD drops requirement to teach virtually from the classroom

“By focusing on social-emotional learning, walk-through sessions on technology, and parent outreach, the Smart Start to the school year recognizes this unprecedented moment and lays the groundwork for stronger crisis remote learning,” UTLA Bargaining Co-Chair Arlene Inouye said. “We are gratified that the district abandoned its risky proposal to require all educators to teach from school sites. This will help protect the health and safety of our members, especially those with health conditions or at-risk family members at home.”

Tuesday, July 28: UTLA update from today's bargaining

At this time, UTLA bargaining unit members are not required to physically return to school sites, and that includes ALL of our members — classroom-based and nonclassroom-based staff. If you are asked to do so by your administrator, ask for the directive in writing and forward it to your UTLA Area representative.

UTLA response to false media reports on union’s bargaining platform

Since last week, there have been false media reports, fueled by right-wing propagandists, claiming that Los Angeles educators are refusing to return to work until we abolish the police and charter schools. This is incorrect and damaging, and we want to correct the record.

UTLA Responds to LAUSD’s Announcement to go to 100% Remote Learning on Aug. 18

LOS ANGELES — LAUSD announced today that when the school year resumes August 18, all teaching will be remote and physical school sites will remain closed. The district's decision comes after the clear message educators sent on Friday — with 83% of the 18,000 members responding to an informal online poll — that LAUSD should not physically reopen schools and to refocus on distance learning.

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UTLA recommends keeping LAUSD school campuses closed; refocus on robust distance learning practices for Fall

“It is time to take a stand against Trump’s dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students, and our families at risk,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz. “We all want to physically open schools and be back with our students, but lives hang in the balance. Safety has to be the priority. We need to get this right for our communities.”