Los Angeles teachers strike ends, tentative deal reached with school district

The Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers reached a tentative labor deal that could end a six-day-strike, officials said on Tuesday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti praised both the union and LAUSD administrators.

“These are people who are committed to public education,” he said. “I do think this is new chapter.”

Union members still need to vote on the pact to formally end their strike, which began on Jan. 14.

The LAUSD has about 600,000 students in K-12. Campuses have stayed open during the strike with a skeleton staff.

The LAUSD is the nation’s second largest school system and runs independently with its own superintendent and elected trustees.

Garcetti acted as a mediator and said the labor action, while painful, forced the issue that led to an agreement.

“The strike helped at the end of the day,” Garcetti said. “Listening to each other helped.”

Details of the tentative pact will be made public later on Tuesday, officials said. Both sides predicted that rank-and-file members and the school board would approve the tentative pact by Tuesday night.

The deal will lead to a 6-percent pay hike and bring plans to reduce class size.

“Suffice to say in the first year, every school will see a reduction,” Mayor Garcetti said. “Every year for the next four years, they will see reductions.”

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