Los Angeles teachers strike still on as union rejects offer
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Los Angeles teachers strike still on as union rejects offer

Manuela Panjoj, 42-year-old mother of five children, holds a sign during a news conference outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. The union representing teachers in Los Angeles has postponed the start of a possible strike until Monday because of uncertainty over whether a judge would order a delay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles is still planned for Monday after their union rejected a new offer from the nation’s second-largest school district.

After hours of new talks Friday, the union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that the offer was “woefully inadequate.”

The district says United Teachers Los Angeles rejected it without proposing a counteroffer and refused to continue negotiations.

The district’s offer included adding nearly 1,200 teachers, counsellors, nurses and librarians to schools and reducing class sizes by two students. It also included the district’s previously proposed 6 per cent salary increase.

Union negotiator Arlene Inouye says the offer was disrespectful and “we declared an impasse.”

District Superintendent Austin Beutner called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to step in to avoid a strike.

Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

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