March 30th, 2015
Fifteen thousand teachers, counselors, and other members of United
Teachers Los Angeles filled downtown’s Grand Park on February 26 to
demand a fair contract for themselves and their students.
“I am here to tell you that I am sick of not having enough of
anything—especially teachers,” Beverly’anne Ogorro, a student at Dorsey
High School, told the cheering crowd.
A week before the rally, UTLA had declared impasse. Its negotiations
with the nation’s second-largest school district, L.A. Unified, covering
31,000 employees, are now in mediation.
“I feel disappointed and betrayed by the district. We took pay cuts
to help the district get through a tough time,” said Leticia Duggan, a
teacher in the pre-Kindergarten School Readiness Language Development
Program. She walked the picket line with her six-year-old daughter, a
public school student.