Union leaders Sunday urged rank-and-file members of United Teachers Los Angeles to vote a strike for June 1 unless a contract with a higher wage increase than the one proposed by the school district is agreed to.
The union's 350-member House of Representatives, meeting at Hamilton High School, voted unanimously to ask teachers to authorize a strike, said Cathy Carey, director of communications for UTLA.
The union's 45-member board of directors voted to authorize a strike vote Saturday.
The 21,000 teachers who are members of the union will vote Tuesday at their schools, and votes will be counted Wednesday, she said.
The teachers are asking for a 14% wage increase, while the Los Angeles Unified School District has offered an 8% raise.