UCLA Lab School Demonstration Teachers will strike January 25-26 in response to unfair labor practices committed by UCLA and Lab School management. After nearly a year of illegal stonewalling in negotiations with UC management, an overwhelming majority of teachers at the school voted to authorize the strike. Teachers are asking families, who are able, to stand in solidarity by joining teachers with their children on the picket line.
Originally founded in 1882, the UCLA Lab School has served as a hub of innovation and professional development for teachers throughout the state of California. The Demonstration Teachers at the school have applied their research, experience, and highly-specialized skills to pioneer cutting-edge teaching practices including its Dual Language Program, Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning, Social-Emotional Learning, and CGI Mathematics. Together, they serve an incredibly diverse student body of 450 children whose families live in some 80 zip codes throughout Southern California.
UCLA Lab School’s mission depends on its teaching faculty, who are fighting to ensure they have the time and resources they need to guarantee that their students succeed. But in a sudden about face, contravening past practices and previous contractual agreements, the Lab School Administration has refused to negotiate with the teachers on topics beyond compensation, even after UC-AFT, the union representing the teachers, filed four complaints with PERB. Additional