Antonucci: School unions gearing up for strikes, political campaigns
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The Los Angeles Unified School District is going to have its hands full dealing with employee contract issues, if the smoke signals emanating from local unions are any indication. SEIU Local 99, which represents some 30,000 LAUSD education support employees, is currently holding an all-member strike authorization...
By Mike Antonucci | March 20, 2018
Antonucci: How is UTLA spending that dues increase?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Two years ago, members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted by a large margin to raise their dues by 33 percent. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl warned that if the increase failed, the union would be “bankrupt or dramatically weakened.” UTLA did have a dues system that was...
By Mike Antonucci | March 13, 2018
Antonucci: It will be a busy spring at UTLA
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. United Teachers Los Angeles spent the early months of 2018 promoting and then celebrating the ratification of their healthcare agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District. But if school board members think this bought them some time and good will when it comes to contract negotiations,...
By Mike Antonucci | March 6, 2018
California’s pension fund managers are at odds with activists and some union leaders over divestments
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teacher Retirement Systems (CalSTRS) handle a combined half-trillion dollars in assets. The decisions of their fund managers on where to invest have repercussions not only for retirees, but taxpayers and private businesses. Despite these vast sums,...
By Mike Antonucci | February 27, 2018
Antonucci: Campaign contributions flow as California Teachers Association makes more political endorsements
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report will appear weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association readied itself for the June primaries by formally recommending candidates for statewide offices and the legislature — and now its money will follow. The State Council of the 325,000-member union voted in late January to recommend incumbent State Controller Betty Yee...
By Mike Antonucci | February 6, 2018
Analysis: How the California teachers union is spending its summer
Summer is down time for education, but the California Teachers Association remains active on the policy front. Ever since its May 1 Day of Action — the message of which varied greatly depending on local issues — the union has tried to take advantage of huge legislative majorities and burgeoning school revenues to push its...
By Mike Antonucci | July 19, 2017