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On April 13, 1970, UTLA members left a five-week strike for the first time.  Teachers have called for a salary increase at the highest level from 13,650 to about $20,000, a reduction in class sizes and higher expenditures for reading and other programs. After 23 days, the strike ended on 13 May 1970. Teachers received a 5% increase, the creation of advisory bodies and new reading programmes. The abandonment of these agreements was important to ensure clear safety procedures for all volunteers and to protect the right to refuse or withdraw participation without any reprisals. In accordance with our agreement with the district, all personal services provided by UTLA members are strictly voluntary. A complaint is a formal complaint made by a worker to an employer in the workplace. There are many reasons why a case of maladministration can be invoked, as well as many ways to deal with such a scenario. The reasons for filing a complaint in the workplace may be due to a violation of the terms of our collective agreement, but not only to those conditions. Negotiations in California this week reached another worrisome milestone in covid-19, with new records of infections and hospitalizations. On Tuesday, LA County reported more than 7,500 new cases, a dramatic one-day increase. Federal, federal and municipal officials need to take more aggressive measures to slow the spread of the virus before hospitals are overcrowded and our communities are further affected. We are working with allies of the labour and community to strengthen the demand for more immediate action against the virus.
We continue to negotiate with LAUSD, but a physical return is not imminent, and no one around the table – UTLA or LAUSD – pushes to a specific date to return. This deadly deluge of viruses is not where we wanted to be. We wanted to be closer to a physical return that unites us with our students, but instead we move further. It is clear that there will at least be no physical return in January and there is no clarity as to the possibility of a physical return this school year. In other words, it is not a question of when, but if, LAUSD schools will physically reopen during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. However, if we do not negotiate possible hybrid schedules, the borough will be able to unilaterally impose its own version if there is a physical reopening at any given time. We use this time to negotiate hybrid calendars when physical performance becomes possible. Hybrid schedules are complicated and imperfect. We will work together on issues and issues as UTLA members and colleagues during the negotiations. We don`t insist on roving teachers, no roving students, no in-person and distance education at the same time (teachers would not teach zoom and live in the classroom at the same time), isolated cohorts of students who do not interact with other cohorts, not the /pm cohort for primary schools, and minimum changes in the master`s program possible in as many degrees as possible.
If we reach agreement on possible hybrid schedules, we will begin to negotiate safety procedures and protocols for each school; Accommodation for members with identified health risks; Special educational services, HHS services and travelling educators.