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February 8, 1987
Negotiators plan to return to the bargaining table Tuesday to try and resolve the salary dispute between the teachers' union and the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, comments from both a district spokesman and those for the United Teachers of Los Angeles indicated little prospect of progress when the two sides resume talks with a state mediator present.
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February 22, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
A.J. Duffy won a second term Thursday as president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the city's powerful teachers union. The 64-year-old special education teacher won 58.7% of the vote, and will avoid a runoff. "That's big," Duffy said. "That's an affirmation by the membership that voted. Despite the missteps I might have taken, they acknowledged that I've done a good job. And they acknowledged I've always been there for members."
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March 16, 1989
A petition drive aimed at getting Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Leonard Britton fired has prompted an "overwhelming response" from the district's teachers, a spokesman for their union said Wednesday.
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November 1, 2007 | Howard Blume and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Faced with stiff opposition from the teachers union and little support elsewhere, Los Angeles schools Supt. David L. Brewer has backed away from his plan to put nearly four dozen poorly performing schools into a separate "transformation district."
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April 21, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles teachers union has gone to court in an effort to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to immediately take steps to correct the continuing delays or errors in payroll resulting from a $95-million computerized system that began operating in February. The Superior Court lawsuit, filed Thursday by United Teachers of Los Angeles, alleges that defects in the system have unacceptably delayed paychecks for thousands of employees.
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June 7, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
To understand the intricate fight over financing the public schools, visit Assemblyman Terry Friedman. School finance is part of daily life for the Democratic legislator, whose district extends from Westwood, Brentwood and Beverly Hills across the Santa Monica Mountains to Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Encino in the San Fernando Valley.
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February 16, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Their names may not appear on the ballot, but their influence in the Los Angeles school board elections is undeniable. On one side is the Coalition for Kids, a civic organization backed by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and billionaire Eli Broad. On the other is the United Teachers of Los Angeles, a union with 47,000 members.
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October 24, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Saying that a teachers strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District would be "unethical," Gov. Pete Wilson on Friday lashed out against the threatened action as negotiators continued to wrestle with complex proposals to avert it. "There should not be a strike," said Wilson, who was in Los Angeles attending a political fund-raiser. "It may be legal but I really don't think it's ethical."
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February 3, 1989 | RICH CONNELL and LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writers
Today is G-Day in Los Angeles schools, the long-awaited and much-debated grade reporting deadline, at which up to 90% of the system's classroom teachers are expected to boycott the official procedure for filing students' marks with the school district.
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September 24, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In the wake of Los Angeles schools Supt. Bill Anton's sudden resignation, some fingers are pointing again at the district's influential teachers union and its high-profile tactics to stop proposed record pay cuts. Anton, the second superintendent in as many years to leave the district after repeated hammering by United Teachers-Los Angeles, says one of the chief reasons behind his decision was interference by the union in board policy-making and district management.
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September 12, 2007 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to turn over one of the city's most troubled high schools to a charter school organization, marking the first time an outside group will run a traditional public school in Los Angeles. Leaders of the teachers union said they would file a grievance to block the transfer on grounds that the decision violates the teachers' labor agreement and state law.
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April 21, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles teachers union has gone to court in an effort to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to immediately take steps to correct the continuing delays or errors in payroll resulting from a $95-million computerized system that began operating in February. The Superior Court lawsuit, filed Thursday by United Teachers of Los Angeles, alleges that defects in the system have unacceptably delayed paychecks for thousands of employees.
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March 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract, union leaders announced Thursday. More than 24,000 teachers -- about half the number of teachers in the mammoth district -- cast ballots, with nine of 10 voting for the contract. The three-year agreement gives teachers a 6% salary increase for the current school year, with salary negotiations for the coming two years to begin soon.
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March 3, 2007 | Howard Blume and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
You could call it Plan C. First, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushed to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District outright. Then, he crafted a bid for power-sharing. Now, he's trying to get his way by proxy -- by winning a school board majority Tuesday that, at last, would give him a powerful voice in the direction of local school reform. But this is no sure thing either. Standing in the way is United Teachers Los Angeles, the erstwhile ally of the mayor.
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February 24, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The political dynamic of the mayor versus the teachers union -- two supposed allies in school reform -- is playing out in the financial statements of school board candidates, with the price tag on two races sailing past the $1-million mark. Both money-heavy contests pit an incumbent backed by United Teachers Los Angeles and opposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The mayor hopes to emerge with a board majority that will back his schools agenda.
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February 15, 2007 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
At United Teachers Los Angeles, veteran classroom instructors Joel Jordan and Joshua Pechthalt were longtime outsiders, considered a bit too radical for a union long known for its progressive politics. Now, as leaders at the nation's second-largest teachers union, they are applying their ideas in ways that could reshape Southern California's politics and schools. On Tuesday came the largest practical demonstration of the union's new approach to date: a three-year union contract.
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April 23, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
By the narrowest margin in union history, Los Angeles teachers have voted to ratify a new contract that will give them a 2% raise and more say in hiring and assignment decisions, union officials said Friday. Teachers voted 54.05% to 45.95% to approve the contract, ending a months-long impasse that at one point had them refusing to supervise extracurricular activities, tutor students or do work outside their contract obligations in an effort to pressure Supt.
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November 26, 1992 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
By the time the teachers gathered in Lincoln High School's small faculty dining room for lunch Wednesday, most had already learned of the latest development in the Los Angeles Unified School District's battle to balance its budget by cutting salaries. And they were anything but happy.
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February 14, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday postponed a vote on a new discipline policy at the request of the teachers union. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy told the board that he would like to "go back with my discipline committee and make sure all the Ts are crossed and I's are dotted." Duffy stressed, however, that he had no intention of changing the final document. The board is expected to consider the policy again in two weeks.
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February 13, 2007 | Howard Blume and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
After months of heated rhetoric, the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have reached a tentative agreement calling for gradual class size reduction and a 6% raise retroactive to last July, sources on both sides of the negotiations said Monday. The settlement is part of a three-year contract, but the salary increase applies only to the current school year -- which means negotiations on next year's pay package are already just around the corner.
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