Los Angeles teachers set strike date, saying ‘enough is enough’ after negotiations fail

Sarah Favot:

On Tuesday, the district announced a third-party fact-finder recommended that the union accept the district’s offer of a 6 percent salary increase, with 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2017 and 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018. Also on Tuesday, the California Public Employee Relations Board issued a complaint against UTLA for refusing to meet and negotiate in good faith.

Tensions rose between the district and the union Tuesday after L.A. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner held his own news conference to release the fact-finding report and to announce the union had agreed to the 6 percent raise. Hours later UTLA issued a statement accusing Beutner of lying, saying there was no agreement on salary nor any other aspect of the contract.

The union has asked for a 6.5 percent salary increase retroactive to 2016.