K-12 teachers strike to protect public ed, need our help

CFA activists are answering the call to support our K-12 colleagues in Southern and Northern California, where contract battles are underway to protect public education and improve faculty working conditions.

In Los Angeles, thousands of United Teachers of Los Angeles members went on strike Monday, holding picket lines in front of schools and a rally in downtown that drew more than 60,000 teachers, parents, community members, and labor allies.

Heavy rain and cold temperatures couldn’t dampen spirits of CFA activists, who joined with teachers on the picket line, just as teachers did in the run-up to our CSU strike in 2016.

UTLA members have been working without a contract for nearly a year and are locked in a contract fight with LA Unified School District. The district is claiming that it does not have the money to lower class sizes, hold charter schools accountable, and invest in vital staffing and educational programs, despite having $1.86 billion in reserves and Gov. Newsom’s 2019-20 budget proposal including healthy levels of funding for K-12 education.

“We will support our teachers, our UTLA family. We will be on the picket line, rain or shine.”Fullerton CFA Chapter President Gregory Chris Brown was on the picket line Monday at Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington with his chapter colleagues.

CFA activists are encouraged to join with their chapter on a designated picket line and help our union siblings see the strike through to victory at the bargaining table. Click here for a listing of picket locations and details.

In Northern California, teachers in Oakland are preparing for a potential strike and are asking fellow educators, students, and allies to participate in an Art Build January 18-20.

Oakland Education Association members have been working without a contract since July 2017, and teachers there are demanding smaller class sizes and salary increases, which would help attract and retain faculty. The Oakland Education Association and Oakland Unified School District have entered factfinding, the final step in impasse process. The OEA Executive Board has authorized a strike vote and a strike could be initiated in late January or early February. 

CFA East Bay members participated in an OEA rally on Saturday, and activists in the Bay Area are encouraged to join colleagues the Art Build. Images created will be displayed and some used on banners, drop banners, parachute banners, screen printed posters, t-shirts, and screen-printed picket signs. Click here for more information.