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Compton teachers back after sick out amid labor negotiations



In this Creative Commons photo, students await the arrival of the US Army 82nd Airborne Chorus at Dominguez High School. On Tuesday, the school's schedule was upended when two-thirds of the teachers called in sick in what officials called a “concerted work stoppage.”
In this Creative Commons photo, students await the arrival of the US Army 82nd Airborne Chorus at Dominguez High School. On Tuesday, the school's schedule was upended when two-thirds of the teachers called in sick in what officials called a “concerted work stoppage.”
Army Recruiting/flickr Creative Commons

Teachers were back to work at a Compton high school Wednesday, a day after a sick out.  Compton Unified School District officials said two-thirds of the teachers at 2200-student Dominguez High School called in sick Tuesday in a “concerted work stoppage.”

Officials Tuesday said they were concerned teachers at other schools would call in sick Wednesday.

“Teachers are back and there are no other reports of actions at other schools,” Compton Unified spokesman Ron Suazo.

In a statement the district said it believes teachers are dissatisfied with “the lack of progress” in labor negotiations between administration and the teachers’ union, the Compton Education Association.

Union leaders could not be reached for comment. Union President Patrick Sullivan told ABC7 that the sick out was not organized by the union.

The teacher absences at Dominguez High upended the campus routine and created behavior problems.

“School police and administrators from other schools were called to Dominguez to provide security and supervision,” Suazo said.