UPDATED 8:10 AM PT — Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Teachers across Southern California’s Los Angeles Unified School District are still on strike, with Tuesday marking day six outside of their classrooms. Their union posted a tweet on Monday telling them to continue marching.
UPDATE: We are making progress but whether or not we reach an agreement late tonight, everyone should report to picket lines as usual Tuesday morning. We will need to ratify the TA before we end the strike. #UTLAStrong #LAUSDStrike #WeAreLA #Strike4Edhttps://t.co/aUMOaabIog
— United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow) January 21, 2019
Any agreement reached on Monday would still have to be voted on before the strike can be officially called off.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is acting as the moderator between the two sides at city hall.
We’ve been working tirelessly to reach an agreement & have made tremendous progress with 5 days & 50+ hours of negotiation. The parties are at the table & I am optimistic that we have the momentum to take the final steps toward bringing teachers & young people back to classrooms.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 21, 2019
Teachers initially asked for a 6.5-percent raise, while the district offered six-percent. Teachers also want smaller class sizes, fewer charter schools, and more support staff. However, last week the district said the money just is not there, and suggested teachers work with them to find more funding from the state.
The first strike since the walkout of 1989 is reportedly costing the Los Angeles Unified School District about $25 million each day depending on how many students show up.
LA. teachers are not alone. Thousands of Oakland teachers are gearing up for a possible strike up in Northern California as well. Teachers there want a 12-percent raise spread out over three-years as well as smaller class sizes, but the district is only willing to give them five-percent.
A strike vote is scheduled for the end of January.
Meanwhile, teachers in Virginia are planning a rally Monday, January 28, 2019 in the state’s capital city of Richmond. Organizers with Virginia Educators United are hoping the 90,000 teachers from across the state will leave their classrooms and take part in the so-called “Red for Ed” campaign instead.