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Los Angeles schools to close as district workers plan strike


Los Angeles schools to close as district workers plan strike

By Associated Press
March 21, 2023

LOS ANGELES — Tens of thousands of workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District planned to walk off the job Tuesday over stalled contract talks, and they will be joined in solidarity by teachers in a three-day strike that will shut down the nation’s second-largest school system.

Demonstrations are expected at schools across the city by members of Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 30,000 teachers’ aides, special education assistants, bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers and other support staff.

The workers were expected to join picket lines before dawn, demanding better wages and increased staffing. The district has more than 500,000 students from Los Angeles and all or part of 25 other cities and unincorporated county areas.

Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho accused the union of refusing to negotiate and said that he was prepared to meet at any time day or night. He said Monday a “golden opportunity” to make progress was lost.

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Public sector unions should either be banned outright, or be prohibited from striking.

If the Los Angeles Unified School District shuts down, will anyone notice?

What do they "teach" kids in school there now, anyway?

The kids might learn more by stayin' home!


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