United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl speaks to reporters about the tentative contract agreement.

Los Angeles district, teachers union reach tentative agreement to end strike

Jan. 22, 2019
Agreement calls for 6% pay hike, smaller class sizes, more support personnel

After a marathon 21-hour negotiation session that ended at sunrise Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the local teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement to end a teachers strike.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, flanked by School Superintendent Austin Beutner and United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl, announced the agreement Tuesday morning.

"We have an agreement that will allow teachers to go back to their classrooms tomorrow," Garcetti said.

Not all details of the settlement were immediately available, but the proposed contract calls for a 6 percent salary increase, reduced class sizes and additional librarians, nurses and counselors. The agreement still must be ratified by the union rank-and-file and the school board. The union is scheduled to vote on the proposal later Tuesday.

"It's time for a new day in public education in Los Angeles," says Garcetti, who helped facilitate the talks.

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