Teachers in the huge Los Angeles Unified School District have voted to authorize a strike if labor negotiations continue to stall.
United Teachers Los Angeles announced Friday that an overwhelming 98 percent of members who voted favored giving the union the authority to call a strike.
The vote comes amid a stalemate in lengthy contract talks with the nation’s second-largest school district.
UTLA says the vote doesn’t necessarily mean a strike will happen. But teachers are ready to hit the picket lines if the union and school district fail to reach an agreement that addresses teachers’ demands on pay raises, smaller class sizes and other issues.
The district says a strike will hurt students and families and it hopes to reach an agreement to avoid a walkout.
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