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Charter school teachers in L.A. stage walkout in effort to unionize

Teachers at the largest charter school network in Los Angeles walked off their jobs last week to pressure administrators to recognize their efforts to unionize, according to LAist.

Teachers, counselors and school psychologists at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, which operates more than 20 middle and high schools in Los Angeles, staged the one-day protest at four campuses. Alliance staff have been seeking to join United Teachers Los Angeles — the union that represents staff at Los Angeles Unified — for many years. Alliance administrators have fought teachers’ efforts to unionize.

“We kinda were left with no choice,” Brittany Cliffe, an Alliance science teacher and bargaining representative, told LAist. “If we are serious about bringing [Alliance administrators] to the bargaining table, then we needed to get their attention in a larger way, and that’s ultimately why we’re here.”