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LAUSD, teachers' union negotiations reach a deadlock, will 30,000 teachers go on strike?




Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the labor union representing L.A. Unified School District teachers, speaks outside district headquarters on Tues., Nov. 7, 2017.
Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the labor union representing L.A. Unified School District teachers, speaks outside district headquarters on Tues., Nov. 7, 2017.
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More than 30,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are voting this week whether to authorize a strike.

If enough LAUSD teachers vote "yes," the leaders of their union, United Teachers Los Angeles, would have the power to launch the first teachers strike in LAUSD since 1989. The voting ends Thursday. Roughly a year and a half of contract talks stalled in July. Almost every day since, the already-tattered relationship between UTLA and LAUSD leadership frays a little more.

The first mediation date is still one month away, and in recent days, both the union and the district filed formal complaints against each other.

Read the full report on LAist.

Guest:

Kyle Stokes, K-12 education reporter for KPCC; he tweets @kystokes