Jon Baird

LA Teacher's Union Calling Latest Move by District 'Legal Hail Mary'

January 04, 2019 - 7:33 am

(KNX 1070) -- The LA teacher's union is calling the latest move by the district "a legal hail mary." The LAUSD is going to court to keep some teachers on the job even if there’s a strike.

L.A. Unified is going to court, trying to stop special education teachers and support staff from joining a possible strike next week.  The district says a walkout would be detrimental to the 60,000 special needs students it serves, many of who have serious health issues. The teachers union says if L.A. Unified was truly concerned, it would have been negotiating a new contract long ago.

Mayor Garcetti doesn't think a teachers strike in LA Unified can be averted. 

With a planned LA Unified teachers walkout just days away, new negotiations may be in the works.  

United Teachers LA rejects the district's latest plan - describing it as an informal offer that fails to address critical proposals,  but calls for talks on Monday just three days before a strike is set to start.

LA Unified says in a statement it welcomes "UTLA’s willingness to return to contract negotiations."

Meanwhile, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says he continues talking to district and union leaders but doesn't think a walkout can be averted at this point. He insists both sides aren't as far apart as it might seem.

If teachers do go on strike, Garcetti says libraries, parks and recreation centers are ready to take in students.

And the LAPD is working with the district to ensure campus safety, if staffers walk out.

The teachers union represents more than 30,000 workers.