Updated on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Over 30,000 education professionals who work for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) participated in a historic strike to voice concerns about class sizes; understaffed schools, with a need for librarians, nurses, school counselors, and social workers; and higher salaries. One week after the strike began, negotiations between the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union and LAUSD representatives resulted in an agreement, which UTLA classified as addressing “major issues impacting our schools, students, and professions.” ASHA supports members' advocacy efforts for equitable salaries, benefits, and resources; the outcome of the LAUSD strike clearly demonstrates the power of advocacy.
Monday, January 14, 2019, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
went on strike. The dispute centered around outreach for higher teacher pay, smaller
class sizes, more specialists (e.g., school nurses, counselors), and concern
about charter schools on public campuses. The district hired substitutes and
maintains that schools will remain open. The teacher union represents over
35,000 teachers and staff, with 98% members of the United Teachers Los Angeles.
supports members' advocacy efforts for equitable salaries, benefits, and
resources, and encourages members to be aware of possible implications a strike
may have on their professional work.
schools are not expected to close, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may be
concerned about students missing speech-language pathology sessions. If the
walkout is prolonged and students miss sessions, SLPs should document attempts
to provide continuity of service. Some examples of efforts to maintain
continuity of service include sending homework packets or providing
correspondence to parents as needed for questions regarding services. Please
reference ASHA's resource on missed speech-language sessions in schools for more information.
communication is important. Audiologists and SLPs should be familiar with ASHA's Code of Ethics, specifically
Principle I, Rule T, which states that, "Individuals shall provide
reasonable notice and information about alternatives for obtaining care in the
event that they can no longer provide professional services.” For your
Issues in Ethics: Client Abandonment resource is available on our website.
addition to referencing ASHA's Code of Ethics, audiologists and SLPs in California
should be familiar with the California
Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (CSHA) Code of Ethics [PDF].
and SLPs may have concerns about the provision of services to students with
disabilities, particularly related to free appropriate education (FAPE),
evaluation, and individualized education program (IEP) timelines. Practitioners
should check with their school district's office of special education or with
the California Department of Education for specific guidance.
Guidance on Walkouts or Strikes is available on ASHA’s website.
staff are ready and standing by to answer member’s questions. For policy
related questions, please contact Eileen Crowe, ASHA’s director of state association
relations, at email@example.com or
301-296-5667. For practice related questions, contact Jaumeiko Coleman, ASHA’s
director of school services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-296-8750.