Los Angeles school workers and their union won a big victory today thanks to a state labor board denying the school district’s move for an injunction against next week’s planned strike.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
“A last-ditch legal effort by the Los Angeles school district has failed for now to avert a three-day strike scheduled for Tuesday, but district officials said Sunday that their case remains under consideration by a state labor board and that a decision could come as soon as Monday.
L.A. Unified had argued that the strike — by Local 99 of Service Employees International — is illegal, on the grounds that the union’s official justification is not the real reason for the walkout. Local 99 has stated that the purpose of the strike is to protest alleged unfair labor practices by the district; L.A. Unified claims the union walkout is about pressuring the district to improve its salary offer.
The school system had requested an injunction from the California Employment Relations Board that would have delayed or halted with strike — and this was denied.
Local 99 declared victory Sunday in the legal joust.
The Sunday decision by regulators ‘confirms that workers have a right to protest over the threats and harassment waged against them by the school district,’ Local 99 Executive Director Max Arias said. ‘They will continue to move forward with plans to strike this week. Their voices will not be silenced.'”
For the rest of the story, visit the Los Angeles Times here.
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