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Los Angeles: Scene from today outside LAUSD HQ with @SEIULocal99 & @UTLAnow



Tens of thousands of education workers are on strike in Los Angeles, Calif., including teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians and others.
United Teachers of Los Angeles joined a three-day strike that began Tuesday in solidarity with Service Employees International Union Local 99, which represents essential school workers other than teachers.
A video shared by the activist group Peoples City Council shows an aerial view of thousands of striking education workers gathered outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Tuesday.
“UTLA and SEIU 99 strikers dancing in the flooded street at Roosevelt High School,” she tweeted alongside the video.
Last month, SEIU Local 99 voted 96% in favor of authorizing the strike. On Monday, a confidential mediation session between the union and the school district broke down when LAUSD “broke that confidentiality by sharing it with the media before our bargaining team,” the union said.
“This is yet another example of the school districts continued disrespect of school workers. We are ready to strike,” Max Arias, Executive Director of SEIU Local 99, said in a statement. “We want to be clear that we are not in negotiations with LAUSD. We continue to be engaged in the impasse process with the state.”
According to the union, “the district subjected workers to surveillance, intimidation, and harassment” during contract negotiations and the strike vote.
SEIU members have been working under an expired contract for nearly two years, according to the union.
“Despite LAUSD having one of the largest school budgets and largest reserves in the nation – teachers and essential school workers are struggling to support their own families and live in the communities they work for. To add insult to injury, the district has chosen to violate their legal rights as workers, resulting in an unfair labor practice strike,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in a statement.
“Until Superintendent Carvahlo and the district cut the charades and come to the table with tangible proposals, we will continue our unified escalation,” Myart-Cruz said.