The teachers of Los Angeles will hold a rally tomorrow to support their demand for a fair contract.

May 23, 2018
Media Contact: (213) 305-9654
Anna Bakalis, UTLA Communications Director

Tomorrow: More than 10,000 people expected in massive demonstration to demand a fair contract for educators, sustainable school district for all

WHO: United Teachers Los Angeles represents educators, including teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, therapists, substitutes, early childhood and adult teachers.These educators, supported by parents, students and community leaders, are gathering by the thousands on Thursday in Grand Park after what is expected to be another uneventful bargaining session with LAUSD. After one year of bargaining, and with a $1.7 billion projected reserve, LAUSD refuses to make progress on key issues, including:

• A fair pay raise

• Smaller class sizes

• More nurses, counselors, psychologists, and librarians

• Less testing and more teaching

• Charter and co-location regulation

• Real support for school safety

• Community schools and support for families

WHEN: Thursday, May 24
TIME: 3:30 – 6 PM
WHERE: In front of LA City Hall Grand Park, 227 Spring St., Los Angeles, 90012

· Media truck parking available along Spring Street, as well as press check in.
WHAT: UTLA’s “All In for Respect” rally and major demonstration is the culmination of one year of escalating actions around UTLA’s contract demands. The union is hoping for an agreement by the end of this school year. If none is reached, strike authorization votes are expected to take place in the Fall.

Click here read more about UTLA’s bargaining proposals.
Speakers lineup includes:

· Rebecca Garelli, a middle school science teacher who led the walk-ins and successful strike in Arizona

· Alex Caputo-Pearl, UTLA president

· Cynthia Matthews and Adrian Tamayo, UTLA Bargaining Team members

· Marshe Doss, an 11th grader at Dorsey High School, leader in the Students Deserve coalition, activist in Black Lives Matter and Reclaim Our Schools LA.

· Eulalia Garcia and Eloisa Galindo, Parent organizers who recently fought off a co-location by a charter school.

World-renowned and Grammy award-winning Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal, Marisa Ronstadt, and Xochi Flores-Castro of Los Cambalache, will also give an inspiring performance.

Multiple student groups from around LAUSD will perform in the park as well as on stage, including:

· The Pacoima Singers, an award-winning, multi-ethnic performing arts group at the Pacoima Middle School Film, Media & Performing Arts Magnet in the San Fernando Valley.

· Garfield High School Marching Band

· The Rock Band Club of Cortines High School

· The Korean Drumming Seminar Students fromRobert F. Kennedy High School/UCLA Community School


UTLA, the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union local, represents more than 35,000 teachers and health & human services professionals who work in the Los Angeles Unified School District and in charter schools.