Antonucci: UTLA agreed to the ‘dreaded’ class size provision in every contract for at least 18 years
If you have been paying any attention at all to the issues that have led to the Los Angeles teacher strike, you have heard United Teachers Los Angeles demand the elimination of a provision in the contract that allows L.A. Unified to waive class size restrictions. The collective bargaining agreement contains a table with maximum...
By Mike Antonucci | January 15, 2019
Antonucci: The Los Angeles teacher strike is almost here, but what comes after?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The strike by Los Angeles public school teachers is only a day or two away (or maybe a few more). Along with the thousands of picketers and dozens of local reporters covering the strike will come a parade of national media to delve into the contract stalemate...
By Mike Antonucci | January 8, 2019
Antonucci: With a Los Angeles teacher strike approaching, some echoes resonate from 1989
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. United Teachers Los Angeles and L.A. Unified march inexorably toward a strike in 2019, leading many to think back 30 years to the last Los Angeles teacher strike in May 1989. UTLA calls the 1989 strike a “historic UTLA victory” that resulted in a “historic contract.” Some...
By Mike Antonucci | January 2, 2019
Antonucci: LAUSD support employees union claims it can hold ‘sympathy strike’ with UTLA
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. With no hope of a settlement in sight in the contract dispute between LA Unified and United Teachers Los Angeles, attention has turned to the conduct of the expected teacher strike in January. The district distributed a “family resource guide” to parents to help them prepare for...
By Mike Antonucci | December 11, 2018
Antonucci: California Teachers Association places 10 members on school boards
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Over the last few weeks, we have scrutinized how the California Teachers Association has funded the campaigns of school board candidates throughout the state, and how those campaigns did on Election Day. But candidates for public office are still one step removed from the union. Once elected,...
By Mike Antonucci | December 4, 2018
Antonucci: California Teachers Association had a great Election Day, though less great in school board races
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. While Election Day results for teacher unions across the country are best described as mixed, the California Teachers Association celebrated victories in virtually all of its targeted races. CTA’s unrelenting support of Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction was instrumental in putting him over the top....
By Mike Antonucci | November 27, 2018
Antonucci: Fact-finding panel is finally seated; UTLA prepares for a January strike
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The contract dispute between LA Unified and United Teachers Los Angeles entered its final phase as the three-member fact-finding panel was finally seated last week. The panel now has 30 days to submit a non-binding report of its recommendations, after which the district may impose its final...
By Mike Antonucci | November 19, 2018
Antonucci: Lessons from teacher-candidates about this year’s vote — and the next one
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Last week, I expressed doubt that press outlets would revisit the assumptions made prior to the election about teacher candidates for office in the “uprising” states. I was wrong to be so pessimistic, as there were dozens of stories about how the results did not live up...
By Mike Antonucci | November 14, 2018
Antonucci: California Teachers Association will urge statewide ‘solidarity actions’ to support UTLA
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Last week, United Teachers Los Angeles shot down another district proposal to settle their years-long contract dispute. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl called the latest offer “insulting” and “anemic” and announced a major march and rally scheduled for Dec. 15. UTLA has not made a counter-proposal since its...
By Mike Antonucci | November 5, 2018
Exclusive: The campaign cash for your local school board candidates isn’t local
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Whenever stories about the political spending of California’s teacher unions appear in the news, they focus on the major statewide races. This year is no different, with school employee unions devoting about $15 million in independent expenditures so far to elect Tony Thurmond as state superintendent of...
By Mike Antonucci | October 30, 2018