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UTLA Forms Pickets Lines, Rejects Los Angeles Unified’s Proposal

After staging protests at schools across Los Angeles Unified on Thursday morning, United Teachers Los Angeles leaders headed back to the bargaining table to reject an immediate pay raise of 5 percent.

Superintendent Ramon Cortines said meeting UTLA’s demands for an 8.5 percent pay raise and 5,000 new teachers to reduce class sizes would lead to crippling cuts and layoffs, according to a statement he released Thursday morning after educators put down their signs and went to work.

“I’m very disappointed in UTLA’s unwillingness to accept our responsible offer,” Cortines said in a written statement following Thursday’s round of negotiations. “We are dealing with a budget that has had a deficit for three years and we are trying to balance it.”