UCLA Labor Center

Lessons from the L.A. Teachers Strike

Publish date: February 22, 2019


Live Now: Lessons from the L.A. Teachers Strike with UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl, Chief Negotiator Arlene Inouye and Director of the UCLA Labor Center Kent Wong. #UTLAStrong #StrikeReady #WeAreLa

Posted by UCLA Labor Center on Friday, February 22, 2019


On February 22, 2019, the UCLA Labor Center hosted guest speakers UTLA President, Alex Caputo-Pearl, and UTLA Chief Negotiator, Arlene Inouye, for a conversation about the organizing lessons learned from the UTLA strike and how they translate into the future of public education and the labor movement.

Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, facilitated the discussion focused on the key issues surrounding the strike, the rapid expansion of charter schools, the establishment of community schools, class sizes, and the need for more nurses on campuses. From an organizing standpoint, panelists discussed the communications framing of the strike and the immense internal organizing work that was critical to build momentum for the strike years before mobilization. 

Panelists also discussed the importance of reforming Proposition 13, growing the labor movement in a post-Janus world, and improving public education across the nation. The full conversation is available above for viewing. 

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