UPDATE: Mediation Between LAUSD and Teachers Union Has Failed, Strike Looms

October 12, 2018 - 5:08 pm

(KNX 1070) - Negotiations between the LA Unified School District and the teachers union did not go well.  

Today's mediation session, the third one ended with no contract and the district immediately filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Teachers Los Angeles for allegedly refusing to bargain in good faith.  

The district's general counsel says the only reason the teachers' representatives agreed to participate in the mediation was to move quickly on to a strike.

Attorney David Holmquist also claims the current set of demands would bankrupt the district...and lead to unprecedented layoffs of about 12-thousand employees.

The union that represents about 33,000 teachers.

The district is offering a six-percent raise over two years and class-size reductions, but the union says the proposal does nothing to make schools better.

The earliest teachers could legally strike would be around Thanksgiving.

Last week, the Los Angeles teachers' union and the Los Angeles Unified School District were back at the bargaining table today, trying to avert a strike.

The teachers' union will make an important announcement with bargaining team members and LAUSD parents in about 45 minutes at the UTLA building Wednesday afternoon.

A state-appointed mediator is helping both sides come to an agreement on a contract.

During the negotiations, the Los Angeles Unified School District updated its offer to include a 6 percent pay raise over two years and a reduction in class size to schools that need it the most.

United Teacher Los Angeles called it insulting to its 33,000  members. 

The union is asking for a 6.5 percent pay increase retroactive to July of 2016.

District officials say the union's proposal would increase their already multi-million dollar deficit.

The union, United Teachers LA, has said contract talks are stalled after more than a year of negotiations.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has also offered to help break through the stalemate.