No talks scheduled on third day of Los Angeles teachers strike

(Reuters) – No talks were publicly scheduled as the Los Angeles teachers’ strike enters its third day on Wednesday even as both the city’s mayor and California’s governor urged both sides to negotiate. Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers are on strike for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more staff. Thousands were to hit picket lines again, while the district struggles to keep schools open for 1,200 campuses, relying on remaining administrators and substitute teachers to run classes. But United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union president Alex Caputo-Pearl said in…

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Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table. Negotiators for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles have not met since union leaders rejected the LAUSD’s latest contract offer on Friday night, calling the proposal an “insult.” Asked on Tuesday afternoon whether the…

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Los Angeles mayor working to restart stalled talks in teachers strike: union president

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is working to bring negotiators for 30,000 striking teachers and the nation’s second-largest school district back to the bargaining table for the first time since talks collapsed last week, the head of the teachers union said on Tuesday. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl said in a video posted by the union on Twitter that he expected an announcement about efforts to restart stalled labor negotiations on Wednesday, as the strike stretches into a third day. The teachers, who…

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Explainer: Striking L.A. teachers take aim at charter schools

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The growing number of charter schools in the Los Angeles County school system – and the school board’s support for them – is one of the most contentious issues in this week’s teachers’ strike in America’s second-largest school system. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl last week accused district leaders of wanting “to starve our schools in order to justify cuts and justify handing more schools over to privately run charter schools.” School Superintendent Austin Beutner says that claim is baseless, but his supporters…

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Los Angeles parents 'choosing to struggle' with striking teachers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Elizabeth Rietz says it has not been easy keeping her daughter busy at home during the first two days of a strike by Los Angeles teachers, while she and her husband try to start their own clothing line. But she believes it’s the right thing to do. Like many parents Rietz, whose daughter is in 4th grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in the middle-class Silver Lake neighborhood, has taken on the extra burden in solidarity with 30,000 teachers demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and more…

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Los Angeles teachers' strike extends to second day with no talks on horizon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some 30,000 striking teachers demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff from the nation’s second-largest school district walked picket lines for a second day on Tuesday, with no new talks on the horizon between stalemated union and district officials. Negotiators for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles have not met since union leaders rejected the LAUSD’s latest contract offer on Friday night, calling the proposal an “insult.” Asked Tuesday afternoon whether the two sides had any intention of…

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Los Angeles parents support striking teachers despite chaos at home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Elizabeth Rietz says it hasn’t been easy taking care of her daughter at home during the first two days of a strike by Los Angeles teachers, while she and her husband try to start their own clothing line. But she believes it’s the right thing to do. Like many parents Rietz, whose daughter is a 4th grader at Ivanhoe Elementary School in the middle-class Silver Lake neighborhood, has taken on the extra burden in solidarity with 30,000 teachers demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes, more staff…

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U.S. Justice Dept broadens restrictions on internet gambling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will effectively prohibit online gambling and lottery businesses, experts said on Tuesday, after it decided to broaden its interpretation of rules governing interstate sports gambling to other forms of betting. The department’s Office of Legal Counsel said in a November 2018 opinion, not released until late Monday, that a 1961 law called the Wire Act does in fact apply to interstate online poker and casino games, not just sports bets. The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday it would delay implementation of…

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Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown

(Reuters) – The longest shutdown in history affecting a quarter of U.S. government reached its 25th day on Tuesday, with most of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or who are working without pay having missed their first paychecks last week. The White House and congressional Democrats remain divided over Republican President Donald Trump’s demand for money for a border wall. The shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, is the 19th since the mid-1970s, although most have been brief. A 1995-1996 shutdown over a funding battle between Democratic President…

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