January 08, 2019

UPDATE: Thank you for going #RedForEd to stand with students and teachers in Los Angeles

Author: Andy Pallotta, President
Source:  NYSUT
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UPDATE: Thank you!

It was so nice, we had to do it twice.

NYSUT members and allies in New York State joined with thousands across the nation Thursday, Jan. 10 and again(!) on Monday, Jan. 14 to stand in solidarity with students and teachers in Los Angeles.

Here's how great everyone looked on Twitter:

You can keep up-to-date on the efforts of the United Teachers of Los Angeles at www.utla.net, or by following them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

You can also write to LAUSD leaders and urge them to stop starving LA schools: https://t.co/5BvHiXSWPO

Thanks again for your continued support!

We are all L.A.

UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles), a member of our union family, is in the midst of a serious struggle. A strike is imminent. As members of the United Teachers Los Angeles take a stand to confront austerity and fight for the conditions they and their students need, I ask you to stand with them.

UTLA members will strike on Thursday, January 10, absent a contract. They are making a last-ditch attempt starting today to get district officials to engage in real bargaining. Los Angeles educators are fighting for every child in the city to have a safe and welcoming place for learning, and against the austerity measures for public schools that the district's superintendent continues to promote despite almost $2 billion in reserves.

That's why your national union, AFT, is asking all of our locals and state affiliates to join this fight to fund our future. We must show solidarity with our colleagues in L.A. Indeed, from January 10 onward, we are all L.A.

UTLA members are fighting for things that are sadly familiar: adequate funding for public schools, counselors and nurses, smaller class size, fair compensation, community schools. These are the same issues we face all across the country.

As the strike date approaches, we are asking you to participate in an important solidarity action on Thursday, January 10.

Join us for Red for Ed Day!

On Thursday, January 10, AFT members and allies across America will wear red that day to show solidarity with UTLA members and their efforts to bargain a contract that is good for students and teachers—one that will strengthen, not destabilize, our public schools.

Enough is enough. L.A. students and educators deserve better. Thank you for your support of this important solidarity action.

In unity,

Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT President

P.S.: Wear red on Thursday, January 10, to stand with L.A.!

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