Jim DeFrancia, a principal at Lowe and a local representative for the firm, said the claims are untrue.,Representatives from Unite Here Local 11 didn't answer numerous questions from The Aspen Times about their campaign against the ballot question, including how they were alerted to the local election.,Roxana Aslan, a research analyst for Local 11 and the designated representative listed with the city, did not answer questions about the union's social media campaign.,In an email response to the questions posed by The Aspen Times, Aslan restated the union's claims about Lowe Enterprises.,The Aspen City Council approved a public-private partnership with the developers of Lift One Lodge, a timeshare project that also is part of the ballot question.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Roughly 15,000 more students showed up for class Tuesday across the Los Angeles Unified School District even as thousands of teachers returned to the picket lines on the second day of a teachers strike.,At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner says the district is still compiling official attendance figures, but the early estimate is that more than 159,000 students went to class Tuesday, up by about 15,000 from Monday’s totals.,The proliferation of independent and privately-managed charter schools is one of the sticking points in the negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District.,COMPLETE COVERAGE: LAUSD Teachers Strike
The district and the union have not met to restart negotiations since Friday, when the district revised its offer to include new money included in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget.,The first day of the strike cost the district about $25 million because just a third of LAUSD students came to school, according to district officials.
Today, teachers are once again on the brink of a walkout, saying public education is in peril.If the strike takes place Monday, as planned, it would be the third in the five-decade history of United Teachers Los Angeles.The earlier strikes, in 1970 and 1989, brought turmoil to the school system and angst to the city as students languished at schools with light supervision, played hooky or demonstrated while union and district officials wrangled in court and in the media for the upper hand.,The threatened walkout could do the same.As in past strikes, the pay dispute is compounded by deeper battles over the stature of teachers and the funding of public education.The district has offered teachers a 6% raise spread over the first two years of a three-year contract.,The union wants an immediate 6.5% raise, retroactive to a year earlier.Teachers have rejected the districts limited offer to reduce class size and add more support staff and are demanding the reversal of years of cutbacks to fully staff schools.The unions rhetoric reflects a theme of teacher empowerment that has been at the center of the school districts labor struggles going back to 1970, when UTLA members were off the job for nearly five weeks.The lasting effects of the earlier strikes have been mixed.,The paymaster here is the state.He wondered whether a strike might undermine any effort to amend California tax law in ways that would allow LAUSD to move up from the bottom 10 places in the country in terms of school funding.The same question infused the previous strikes.In 1970, teachers won a 5% pay raise along with smaller classes and the creation of advisory councils on which they would share power with administrators gains hailed as a watershed at the time.We have turned the school administrative system upside down, and teachers for the first time have achieved a dignity for themselves because they now speak to administrators as equals, Don Baer, UTLAs then-executive director, said at the time.But others cried sellout because the walkout failed to wring new funds from Sacramento, where Gov. Ronald Reagan remained unsympathetic.We should have stayed out on strike until Gov. Reagan and the Legislature were forced to realize that education in California is a top-priority problem, said a disgruntled teacher quoted anonymously in the Los Angeles Times.The union victory was further compromised when a court found that California law did not authorize school districts to engage in collective bargaining and nullified the contract.But the strikes impact was felt years later, in 1975, when the Legislature approved the Rodda Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers.That was my bill to protect the teachers and give them a voice and make sure the students that the teachers taught were listened to, so the winners of the strike have to be the students, said Bill Lambert, a UTLA co-founder.,Teachers in 1970 ignored a Superior Court order declaring their strike illegal, ultimately resulting in $12,000 in fines for the union and five of its officers.The union went to court in 1989 unsuccessfully seeking an order to prevent Britton from withholding pay from teachers who refused to turn in grades.In the current dispute, the district asked a court, also unsuccessfully, seeking to require special education teachers to continue working during a strike, and the union went to court over the strike start date.But Kerchner, the Claremont Graduate University historian, sees the background themes of past strikes as greatly magnified today because of changes in the city itself no longer a mecca for socially engaged corporate leadership and the emergence of charter schools.This is a strike about the soul of public education, Kerchner said, calling it a contest between two prophets preaching opposite visions.On the one hand, Caputo-Pearl has a very clear idea of what he thinks schools in Los Angeles should look like, community schools with wraparound services.Beutner, he said, has been manifestly unclear about his plan, but given who supported him making a safe haven for charter schools is much more in his wheelhouse.For Tokofsky, this debate pits an unrealistic idealist against an unseasoned ideologue with a lack of reality on both sides.There is a lot of anger here that feels different, Tokofsky said.Johnson also sees the current situation as fundamentally different from the 1989 strike he led.UTLA keeps saying publicly its not about the money, Johnson said in an interview.
The unilateral cutting of major sports and activities in Hinsdale High School District 86 is a direct attack on our family values and our children, hurting our property values and benefiting only special interest groups.,This elected board of education and Superintendent Bruce Law are intimidating voters and families using sports and activity cancellations for political purposes, essentially protecting adult jobs (i.e. overstaffing) while damaging our kids’ future.,The district already spends $22,500 per student ($110 million total annually), more than enough money for all sports, all activities and importantly enough for all needed safety improvements.,This current board majority voted in the past two unsustainable teacher’s contracts with zero reforms.,We need reform in the local teachers’ union contract or this intimidation stunt will occur every four years.
With more than 30,000 teachers union members ready to strike Thursday, the Los Angeles Unified School District is preparing to bring in highly paid substitutes, supervise students in large spaces such as auditoriums and ease background checks for parent volunteers, according to records obtained by The Times.The school system probably will also use online instruction in an effort to continue to provide education.United Teachers Los Angeles, which has scheduled the strike, also represents substitute teachers.,Contracts were signed with at least five agencies.A spokeswoman said this month the district would bring in about 400 substitutes if there was a strike, and that about 2,000 district employees who have teaching credentials but are not in the teachers union have been assigned to work in specific schools or areas.We have a duty to provide an education to our students, and we will take appropriate measures to do so, a district spokeswoman said in a statement.The union has said it will fight the district on outside hiring for temporary positions and is exploring all options to consider legal action to protect the work of UTLA substitutes, according to a statement last month.The districts current plans would put schools at about 8% of regular staffing by teachers union members.But the October contracts with agencies, including the Charter Substitute Teacher Network and Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., allow for more than 4,400 substitutes to be brought in.,But with the regular teachers gone and substitute staffing thin, its hard to know what that instruction will look like.According to the strike planning documents obtained by The Times, each school principal was asked to fill out a Pre-Work Stoppage Worksheet listing the number of large spaces on campus, such as gyms, auditoriums, multipurpose rooms and cafeterias, and how many students each of these spaces would hold.A work stoppage worksheet for Colfax Elementary School from September 2018.,But workers in some of the five other employee unions in L.A. Unified may choose not to cross the picket line.The unions have different stances on the issue.SEIU Local 99, which represents close to 30,000 service employees including teacher assistants, bus drivers, food service workers, gardeners and custodians, has warned members that their jobs may be at risk if they choose to strike, but is asking members at schools to let the union know if at least 80% on a given campus plan to join a sympathy strike.We are still assessing how many school sites will participate in sympathy strikes, SEIU 99 spokeswoman Blanca Gallegos said in an email Thursday.,We are using the 80% threshold as a way to ensure that workers are protected through strength in numbers.The California School Employees Assn. represents about 4,000 clerical, technical and business service employees in the district and is asking its members to inform their supervisors if they plan to strike, said Local 500 president Letetsia Fox.We are allowing our members to make that decision, Fox said.Fox, a senior finance manager at Dorsey High School, said she will not cross the picket line.I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters of UTLA in their quest to receive more resources for their students, she said.The only non-teaching members of employee unions certain not to participate in a sympathy strike are school police, who are legally barred from doing so.
Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has filed papers in federal court seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide “special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students.”,“To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Los Angeles Unified is seeking approval to move forward with a complaint to prevent UTLA leadership and its members from engaging in a denial of services to special needs students during a strike,” General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement.,“A strike would be detrimental to students with disabilities and their families, depriving the students of the special-education support and services they rely on each day.”,Such students are protected by federal and state special-education laws, and LAUSD is monitored under a modified federal consent decree for special education, according to the district.,District officials said they are seeking permission to move forward with a complaint in Los Angeles federal court to ensure that special-needs students do not lose access to services they need if UTLA moves forward with a planned Jan. 10 teacher walkout.