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The Los Angeles Unified School District and Teachers Union have completed negotiations on Friday night and resume Saturday.
The United Teachers Los Angeles union and LAUSD officials ended another round of talks at City Hall, with Mayor L.A. Eric Garcetti mediating shortly after 9 pm. The next negotiating meeting is scheduled to start at 11am on Saturday.
Superintendent Austin Beutner held a press conference and said that he could not discuss the details of the negotiations, but that he was happy that it ended.
"I am optimistic because it has to be, we need our educators and our students at school who will come on Tuesday morning, so it is up to us to As leaders, we have a duty to do what we need to do over the next few years / 72 hours to make sure schools are open, "he said.
The union organized a protest in Grand Park to show support for teachers during the strike and negotiations. The musicians Aloe Blacc and Tom Morello were among the celebrities who attended the support rally in Grand Park.
The strike affects nearly 600,000 students. Just over 85,000 students were in class on Friday, about 1,000 more than Thursday.
At the end of the fifth day of the strike, the district claimed to have lost about $ 125 million in state revenue, based on student attendance.
The reduction in class size has been a major problem in the negotiations, as well as a greater number of nurses and counselors in schools and higher pay. LAUSD and the Teachers' Union have been trying to get a new contract for two years without success. The control of charter schools is also an important factor.
"If we allow this movement to win, our schools will be privatized, our students will have less equity and less access, and our jobs and our health care will be attacked," said Alex Caputo-Pearl , president of the UTLA, at the rally.
The school district stated that he could not afford to do everything the union is asking for, but the union is not in agreement.
"What we need to do is work with the union to get more resources, you know, it's a funding problem: the lower classes we want to hire new teachers Our offer is currently to recruit 1,300 additional employees in the lower classes. " To do more, we need the union's commitment to work collectively to get more money out of Sacramento, "said LAUSD's Nick Melvoin.
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