President's Perspective
Together, we made history

Our strike won an overwhelming victory on the issues. We launched the teacher strike movement in California and accelerated the teacher strike movement nationally. We made history. But what remains etched in our brains and hearts most indelibly is the togetherness, love, pride, and creative spark we felt on the picket lines and in the rallies.

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The defining moment of educator courage is here

After 20 months of attempting to reach an agreement with the district — an agreement that would, after years of neglect, reinvest in our students, our schools, our jobs, and our healthcare instead of tearing them down — we have declared a strike date of January 10, 2019.

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Competing visions for public education

In this edition of the President's Perspective by Alex Caputo-Pearl the competing visions of Supt. Austin Beutner and our UTLA President for the future of public education in Los Angeles are discussed. Click here for more.

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Downsize or Reinvest?

What is the answer to downsizing our public schools? Reinvesting. Reinvesting by recruiting and retaining educators with a fair pay increase, stopping the increases in class sizes, pushing for more per-pupil funding, giving educators a say in what tests are administered, placing commonsense regulation on charter growth.

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Starved of resources and respect

Sisters and brothers, I’m going to start with what happened this week in bargaining. LAUSD claimed in early July that we were not at impasse. They said come back to the table because they had something substantial to offer.

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The time to force change is now

We are the ones who will save public education in Los Angeles. On May 24, more than 12,000 of us gathered in Grand Park for the All In for Respect rally in the spirit of teacher rebellions happening across the country.

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“All In” for a fair contract and a future for public schools

As youth movements catapult school issues powerfully onto the national stage, now educator strikes are ripping through the country—making this arguably one of the most important moments in U.S. history for public education.

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The fight for healthy, safe schools

On a weekend a couple of months ago, I was walking out of a store on Jefferson Boulevard in southwest LA when I heard a couple of familiar voices: Dorsey High School students Tayah Hubbard and Christabel Ukomadu.

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The healthcare victory is our launching pad

While many California Democrats will say publicly that they oppose Janus, privatizers like Antonio Villaraigosa and his longtime colleague Marshall Tuck — both running for state office in 2018 — will do the bidding of their financial backers and secretly push to undermine teacher unions and our right to collectively bargain.

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Our connections with each other make us strong

We don’t have to look too far back into 2017 to be reminded of the importance of our connections with each other, in schools and across schools, and the importance of our union to all of us. On Tuesday, December 5, we started getting calls and texts from members who were at schools near the Creek fire in Sylmar.