LAUSD teachers' strike, day 7: District, UTLA goes back in camera, after 11 hours of negotiations on Saturday


Trade union and district representatives continued into Sunday night with a Marabinese negotiation session to close the first walk-out of the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching staff for 30 years.

Today's meeting began around 11:00 am at L.A. City Hall, the fourth consecutive day of talks following the departure of United Teachers Los Angeles Union last Monday.

Just after 10 pm, Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted, "Today 's day has been productive for negotiations with UTLA and LAUSD. All parties reaffirm their willingness to continue negotiations overnight and tomorrow, in order to resolve outstanding issues as quickly as possible. "

The day of negotiations with UTLA and LAUSD was productive. All parties reaffirm their willingness to continue negotiations overnight and tomorrow to resolve outstanding issues as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your continued work and support.

– Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 21, 2019

Their goal is to end a strike that has cost the district millions of dollars in lost-time income and has prevented teachers from staying in class for five days, while staff members are left behind. account strive to maintain a sense of normalcy.

Teachers, through their union, United Teachers Los Angeles, claim a salary bonus of 6.5% retroactive for one year, more resources such as nurses, librarians and counselors on local campuses, classes more limited and increased regulation of charter schools, which have grown rapidly since then. the last of these walkouts.

On Sunday morning, there was calm outside the town hall shortly before 11 am, but this contradicted the negotiations inside this weekend.

Only one policeman was sitting at the reception in the lobby. He had a list of the names of the district and union bargaining teams and only allowed those people to enter City Hall.

However, in view of the closure of the meetings, it was difficult to know what kind of progress had been made.

Nick Melvoin, a school board member, tweeted a statement on behalf of the LAUSD school board, thanking the staff who worked in the schools during the walkout and highlighting the financial impact that the district was experiencing during the strike.

"That's why we had to keep schools open and why we needed a quick resolution this weekend," he said in his introduction to the tweet. "We are at the table all weekend and hope that both teams work tirelessly to reach an agreement."

Thank you all for supporting the children in their own way this week. That's why we had to keep schools open and why we needed a quick resolution this weekend. We are at the table all weekend and hope that both teams work tirelessly to reach an agreement.

– Nick Melvoin (@nickmelvoin) January 20, 2019

With the strike continuing, attendance continued to fall. According to the district, only about 85,274 students went to class on Friday on the campuses affected by the strike, a slight increase from the 84,160 on Thursday.

District officials said that the rate of absenteeism during the first five days of the strike resulted in a gross revenue loss of about $ 125 million in public funding, based on daily attendance.

The loss is partially offset – about $ 10 million a day – because of salaries that are not paid to striking teachers. Beutner said earlier this week that the district had a net loss of about $ 15 million on Monday.

On Saturday, Garcetti, who participated in the mediation, expressed hope that the strike could soon come to an end, when he told a public of the March of Women that teachers deserved justice to be done and that she's getting it this weekend.

LA City Hall at the end of Saturday, as LAUSD and UTLA negotiators worked all night to end the teachers' strike. (Photo by Bradley Bermont)

In an otherwise empty city hall, the negotiators, who spent more than 11 hours at the table on Saturday, did not seem so optimistic, but, sometimes leaving the trading room for a moment, they found a determination to find a pitch for the day. Sufficient agreement to end the strike. .

After Saturday's marathon, Garcetti again launched a progress note.

"The UTLA and LAUSD negotiating teams had a third productive day of contract negotiations," he tweeted just after midnight.

The UTLA and LAUSD bargaining teams had a third productive day of contract negotiations. The discussions ended at 10:28 pm Negotiations resume Sunday at 11:00, facilitated by the mayor's office.

– Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 20, 2019

Last week's walkout hit across Latin America as nearly 30,000 teachers and their supporters flooded rain-soaked streets near 1,000 district schools, picketing, singing and gathering. They converged twice at L.A. City Hall during massive rallies that seem to exceed the number of women's march participants on Saturday.

Some parents in the San Fernando Valley were on gables and needles to see if the marathon negotiations would give an agreement.

"I'm grateful that the negotiations are underway," said Evelyn Aleman, parent of a sophomore at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda. "I hope that, obviously, they will reach an agreement as soon as possible. I think it would be better for everyone. "

Aleman hoped for a message of unity and collaboration from leaders on both sides, as well as cities, counties and states.

"I am worried because once the agreement is reached and the strike is over, how will we feel this division at different levels, especially at the school site," she said.

She supports many requests from teachers, but she did not think the strike was a way to change things.

"I'm curious to see what LAUSD will come back to, with what it can come true," said Aleman.

Aleman sent his daughter to school during the strike for the district to generate revenue. Her daughter spent time on the computer reviewing math and spanish during her free time and participated in group activities, such as discussions about student goals and icebreakers. Aleman always ensures that his daughter also brings a book.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. party on Monday, the school should be dark that day. The negotiators hoped to reach an agreement on Tuesday.

Although there is no picketing expected Monday, some teachers could participate in MLK parades, officials said.

And, if there is no agreement to end the strike by then, union officials said the teachers would resume picketing and demonstrations on Tuesday.

Correspondent Sarah Favot and City News News Service contributed to this story.