LA Teachers Enjoined From Planned One-Day Walkout

     LOS ANGELES — A Superior Court judge has issued a restraining order barring a planned one-day walkout by Los Angeles teachers to protest layoffs and increases in class size.

     Judge James Chalfant issued the order after the Los Angeles Unified School District filed a breach of contract complaint that alleged that the protest planned for May 15 violated a collective bargaining agreement signed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles.
     According to the complaint, the teachers union “admits that the May 15, 2009 action is illegal when it stated in its own materials that it was an ‘unprotected work action.’ Nevertheless (UTLA President A. J.) Duffy represented that he would move forward with the job action anyway.”
     The union was encouraging its members to picket outside about 878 schools, the suit said. This allegedly would cause irreparable harm on May 15 “as students will not receive instruction, ongoing monitoring for H1N1 Swine Flu virus will not occur, and the work stoppage will endanger the health and safety of ap. 694,288 students.”
     The district is would also incur costs for the staffing of emergency operations centers and overtime for non-school site personnel.
     The complaint was filed by LAUSD General Counsel Robert Fesler and Associate General Counsel Kathleen Collins.

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