Interesting Find in the Collection: 1983 Letter from UTLA President Judy Solkivits to Members
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is preparing its membership for a strike, having tried for 20 months to settle their differences with the Los Angeles Unified School District to no avail. The National Education Association collections contain photos of past strikes UTLA and we're sharing those here.
You can read for yourself what the teachers were asking for in this letter from UTLA President Judy Solkivits to members from 1983. This document isn't from one of those past strikes, but it does shine a light on exactly what teachers are asking for when they go to the negotiating table. Not being able to choose one's own workplace, cutbacks to health benefits, and a lack of due process in disciplinary hearings are something few Americans would choose for their workplace.
You can read the full text of the letter here.