LAUSD workers are on strike for better wages and benefits | USA TODAY
60,000 workers from the nation's second-largest school district are on strike, demanding better wages and benefits.
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The nation's second-largest school district shut its doors to 422,000 students Tuesday after more than 60,000 Los Angeles Unified School District employees – including school staff and teachers – made good on their promise to strike in response to a breakdown in contract negotiations.
District workers gathered outside schools and a bus yard with signs early Tuesday reading "RESPECT US!" and umbrellas, as another atmospheric river dumped rain on Los Angeles.
“This is what solidarity looks like right here,” said Max Arias, executive director of SEIU Local 99, which represents the striking bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria employees, campus security and teaching assistants. Passing drivers blasted horns in support as he spoke at a news conference outside Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Arias said LAUSD failed to bargain in good faith, instead subjecting workers to “stress and harassment.”
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