LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A Los Angeles teachers strike became all but inevitable Friday, with the teachers’ union rejecting the district’s latest contract offer despite district claims that it would result in the hiring of more teachers and reduction and capping of class sizes.
“We are at an impasse,” United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl told reporters following a four-hour bargaining session at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters. “If the district has a proposal for us that is demonstrably different for us between now and Monday, they can send it to us and we’ll consider it.
“Short of a surprise like that ... on Monday we will be on strike for our students, for our schools and for the future of public education,” he said.
UTLA bargaining chair Arlene Inouye said they were “insulted” by the “woefully inadequate” offer, saying the new hires in the proposal would be budgeted for only one year.
“We have been disrespected along with the students and families,” she said, adding that Superintendent Austin Beutner did not show up at the bargaining session and announced the district’s offer to the media before presenting it to the union.
The district issued a statement saying it was “extremely disappointed” at the union’s rejection of the latest contract offer “without proposing any counter-offer.”
“UTLA has refused to continue contract negotiations,” according to the district.