Solidarity Statement for UTLA Teachers

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Graduate Students United stands in solidarity with the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) in their strike effort. These teachers say they are standing up against attempts by their School Board to corporatize education, devalue teachers’ labor, negotiate in bad faith, and put profits ahead of the needs of their students. As a union of educators and researchers, GSU recognizes that we are up against the same corporatizing agenda and anti-democratic tactics in our own workplace. Whether public or private, university or school, we are all workers united in our struggle to defend the educational mission of our institutions against those who try to exploit them for profit. We are inspired by the unity and determination of UTLA as they take to the picket lines, and we are encouraged by the support they have received from students, parents, and community members.