LAUSD Superintendent ‘confident’ deal can be made to prevent strike

LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Photo credit Jon Baird KNX News 97.1 FM

LOS ANGELES (KNX) - Hours after the Service Employees International Union Local 99 union announced a planned three-day strike starting March 21, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said he’s confident a deal can be made to avoid a strike.

“I'm appealing to the union leadership to meet me and discuss this matter,” he told KNX News’ Jon Baird. “Today is Thursday. There's Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I’m ready to meet anyone who's willing to discuss these matters in terms of avoiding this potentially damaging strike.”

Carvalho also said he has a bargaining session scheduled with the United Teachers Los Angeles on Friday, but nothing with SEIU. He claimed two proposals were sent to that union, but he’s heard nothing back.

SEIU Local 99, which represents bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants, and other workers, and United Teachers Los Angeles, are trying to negotiate new labor pacts with the district. The union voted in February to authorize a strike if negotiations failed.

“LAUSD has continued to harass and threaten SEIU Local 99 members engaging in union activities for a fair contract,”Blanca Gallegos wrote on the union website.

The last tine teachers in L.A. went on strike was in January 2019.

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